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Legal Authority Governing Your Illinois Circuit Court Clerks
The 102 Illinois Circuit Court Clerks, including the Illinois Office of the Clerk of the Circuit Court of Cook County, are State Judicial-Branch Offices governed by the Illinois Constitution, Illinois Supreme Court Rules, Illinois Supreme Court Orders, Administrative Office of the Illinois Courts (AOIC) Policies, State Statutes, Circuit Court Rules, Circuit Court Orders and by County Board Ordinances on those limited fiscal matters permitted by law.
By State law, each Illinois Circuit Court Clerk is mainly funded by the county in which they sit via annual budget. Due to the separation of powers, local county governments do not employ, supervise, control or set policy for the Illinois Circuit Court Clerks, which instead operate as part of one unified court system Statewide under the administration of the Illinois Supreme Court. Illinois Circuit Court Clerks are governed by:
In addition, the Illinois Office of the Clerk of the Circuit Court of Cook County complies with Federal Statutes and numerous other State Statutes, such as those governing the collection and disbursement of court fines, fees and costs; provision of court forms; holding funds in trust pursuant to order of court; deposit and disbursement of bail bond funds; child support payment disbursement; mortgage foreclosure surplus funds; provision of free services to those adjudicated as indigent; and delivery of notice to parties and other entities as required by law.
Illinois Practice Codes
This is a PDF document that requires Adobe Reader. This form includes civil filing fees. Fees in the Probate Division may differ (Probate Fee Schedule). Please contact the division in which you are filing to check that you have accounted for all applicable fees.