Criminal Department


The Criminal Department is located: Richard J. Daley Center

Monday: 8:30 am-4:30 pm
Tuesday: 8:30 am-4:30 pm
Wednesday: 8:30 am-4:30 pm
Thursday: 8:30 am-4:30 pm
Friday: 8:30 am-4:30 pm
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed

The Criminal Department is responsible for the administration and maintenance of records of felony preliminary hearings, misdemeanor criminal and quasi-criminal cases that occur in the City of Chicago - First Municipal District. The Criminal Department operates 365 days a year and oversees Branch Courts and Central Bond Courts.

The Criminal Department Branch Courts handle Misdemeanor Criminal cases, Preliminary Hearing Felony cases, Domestic Violence cases, and Cook County and non-Cook County warrants. Central Bond Courts handle Felony and Misdemeanor Bond hearings.

Criminal Department Case Files

Case files may contain the arrest report, complaints, warrants, mittimus, bond slip, appearances, court orders, affidavits, motions, orders, petitions, and notices. In addition, case files related to domestic violence could generally consist of petitions, police reports, complaints, responsive pleadings, judicial orders, and other evidentiary documents.

Misdemeanor Warrant Information

Misdemeanor Warrant Information - July 2022
Master Warrant Help Guide - July 2022 Ver.


Frequently Asked Questions

    Fees for certified copies, names searches, photo copies, and expungement filing fees are set by statute and can also be found at

    You may find your next court date by contacting our office at 312-603-4641 with your name(s), alias(s), date of birth, year of arrest(s) and charge(s).

    If you did not surrender your bond slip in the courtroom, you may bring the bond slip or the bond number(s), to the Richard J. Daley Center, 50 West Washington St., Room 1006. A receipt of the transaction will be provided to you for your records. Refund checks are mailed to the address indicated on the bail bond form.

    A valid piece of identification and a piece of mail indicating the address where you wish to have the bond check sent is required. Our office will complete a Change of Address Affidavit at the Richard J. Daley Center, 50 West Washington St., Room 1005 based upon the information provided.

    A person wishing to review a Criminal Department case file should go to Room 1006 in the Richard J. Daley Center, 50 West Washington St., to the Court File Request Counter. If the case was filed within the past four years, the file is on-site and can be viewed on the date of request, unless the file is pending in court. The person requesting the file must provide a valid photo I.D. card in order to view the file.

    In order to obtain a certified disposition of a Criminal Department case, the Office of the Clerk of the Circuit Court of Cook County needs the defendant's name, date of birth and date of arrest. Our office provides dispositions for Chicago cases only. If the case occurred in one of the Suburban Districts in Cook County, you might contact or visit that particular Suburban district to obtain case dispositions.