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Changes to Operations Due to the COVID-19 pandemic

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Circuit Court of Cook County is currently hearing all matters by videoconferencing until further order of the court with the exception of jury trials.

Read General Administrative Order 2020-2 for Information regarding video, telephone or in-person Hearings

Please note that the presiding judge may order an in-person appearance at their discretion. Masks or face coverings, temperature and health screenings are required to be admitted into all courthouses.

Judges will be available in person or remotely in each division, department and district to hear emergency matters as determined by the Presiding Judge of the respective division or district. Petitions for emergency orders in cases where the parties are not involved in a pending Domestic Relations matter shall be heard at 555 West Harrison (Chicago) and in Districts 2, 3, 5 and 6. Emergency petitions in Probate or Domestic Relations cases will be heard in those divisions at the Daley Center.

All in-person traffic and misdemeanor matters are continued until further order of court. Notice of the new court date shall be provided to the defendant by the Clerk of the Circuit Court. Emergency proceedings in misdemeanor cases will be heard as provided in GAO 2020-02.

All court matters may continue to be electronically filed with the Clerk of the Court, or pursuant to the exemptions enumerated in Illinois Supreme Court Rule 9.

Attention Special Notices

  • Remote access Survey available here or use the QR code in the attached flyer
  • Pursuant to Supreme Court Authority under Rule 99 and County Board Resolution Number 20-4872 concerning the Cook County Housing Protection Fee, effective immediately, the Clerk shall collect an additional $150 fee on all Mortgage Foreclosure filings and deposit such fees in a fund, as directed by the Cook County Chief Financial Officer. View the resolution
  • EFFECTIVE SEPT. 9, 2019, Attorneys eFiling Tax Objection case types in the County Division MUST insert Cook County Attorney Code (CCAC)/Firm Number. 
  • The Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Pretrial Practices is hosting a series of Public Hearings. Click here for more information
  • The Illinois Supreme Court Rules Committee will hold a Public Hearing on June 19, 2019. Click here for more information
  • ILLINOIS SUPREME COURT MANDATED eFILING FOR ALL CIVIL CASE TYPES (except Quasi Criminal, Housing, and Wills) AS OF JULY 1, 2018. Get more information to starting filing.
  • Electronic Appeals filings MANDATORY, effective July 1, 2017. See details on our Legal Notices page.
  • New Expungement and Sealing Laws, effective January 1, 2017 are now available for viewing on our Legal Notices page.
  • Electronic Filing (eFiling) charges are taxable as court costs. See details on our Legal Notices page.
  • Sign up for CASE MANAGEMENT E-NOTICES which have replaced postcard notices. Sign up Now!

The mission of the Office of the Clerk of the Circuit Court of Cook County is to provide the citizens of Cook County and the participants in the judicial system an efficient, technological and transparent court system. The Office of the Clerk of the Circuit Court of Cook County will provide all services, information and court records with exceptional service and a workforce that represents the communities of Cook County.