Criminal Division


The Criminal Division is located inside the Leighton Criminal Courthouse

Central Bond Court
2650 South California Avenue, Room 111,
Chicago, IL 60608.

The Bond Room
2700 South California Avenue, Division 5,
Chicago, IL 60608

Bond Room is open 9 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. 7 days a week, including holidays.

If you are posting bond Monday-Friday between 8:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. (excluding holidays), you may do also at the following locations:

Skokie Courthouse
Second Municipal District
5600 Old Orchard Road, Skokie 60077

Rolling Meadows Courthouse
Third Municipal District
2121 Euclid Ave., Rolling Meadows 60008

Maywood Courthouse
Fourth Municipal District
1500 Maybrook Ave., Maywood 60153

Bridgeview Courthouse
Fifth Municipal District
10220 S. 76th Ave., Bridgeview 60455

Markham Courthouse
Sixth Municipal District
16501 Kedzie Ave., Markham, IL 60428

Further information related to the bonding process can be accessed at

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 Division hears felony trial cases in the City of Chicago. Felony cases are defined as those criminal offenses carrying possible prison terms of more than one year. Matters concerning habeas corpus, petitions to expunge, petitions to seal, post-conviction relief, the filing of notice of appeals, identity theft, certificate of good conduct and an array of motions for felony trial cases in the City of Chicago are heard by judges assigned to this division. Suburban districts maintain the records for felony cases heard in their respective locations. Felony matters at preliminary hearing level can be heard in several Branch Courts located throughout the City of Chicago, or in suburban locations.

Criminal Division Case Files

Case files may contain the following: appearances, court orders, affidavits, certificates, motions, orders, petitions, bond refund documents and notices. Files and/or court documents that have been impounded by order of court are only available for review with a specific judicial order.

Frequently Asked Questions

    Criminal Division staff is available to check the case number or perform a name check in the computer to determine court dates.

    A customer can expect a bond refund within four to six weeks from the final disposition. The Criminal Division will prepare the bond refund documents, which are then forwarded to the Accounting Department to be audited and processed.

    Criminal Division staff is available to check the case number or perform a name check in the computer to determine the bond amount.

    In order to have a record expunged or sealed, the applicant must complete the appropriate forms which can be obtained from any of our Clerk’s Office locations. If your case was a Chicago arrest, you can file in either of the following locations. If your case was a suburban arrest, you must file in the suburban district with the jurisdictions of that suburb.

    With the appropriate case number or defendant’s name, this information can be obtained by the Criminal Division staff or by following our phone prompts at 773-674-9255. There are also self-service kiosks located on the 1st Floor lobby of the Criminal Division. Please be advised that an information booth is available for further assistance, if required.