In this modern era when technology requires speed and efficiency, it is with great pleasure that I welcome you to the Clerk of the Circuit Court of Cook Countys (Clerks Office) web site. This site was created to provide Clerks Office customers with easy to use and clearly organized access to Clerks Office information, forms and services. More...
In 2000, I promised to modernize the Clerks Offices archaic technology and communication base, which was stagnating on a legacy system that made things move at a snails pace. A manifestation of our march into the 21st century is this web site, which features bilingual translations; a senior citizens center; self-help center; glossary of terms; brochures; search engines for mortgage surplus information, an online Order of Protection service, an electronic filing option, an Online Traffic Ticket System, a host of external links and a number of user friendly features.
As the official keeper of records for all judicial matters brought into one of the largest unified court systems in the world, the Clerks Office serves the 5.2 million people of Cook County, more than 400 judges and maintains offices in Chicago, Skokie, Rolling Meadows, Maywood, Bridgeview and Markham.
To handle day-to-day responsibilities, the Clerks Office has a workforce of approximately 1,916 employees and an annual operating budget of more than $80 million.
In 2008, the Clerks Office collected a total of $195,000,000 in revenue from filing fees, interest on accounts and other sources, of which 80% was sent to the Cook County Treasurers Office. The additional 20% in revenue was paid to state and local agencies.
In 2008, there were 1,705,413 new cases filed with the Office of the Clerk of the Circuit Court, and 19,773,061 case activity transactions were performed by Clerks Office personnel. Our staff also handled 6,273,766 public inquiries.
As the Clerk of the Circuit Court of Cook County, my objective is making the Clerks Office a customer service focused organization. I proudly bring you this web site to provide information and facilitate your interaction with the Clerks Office and the court system. We will continue to improve this web site to ensure the highest level of customer service. Please check back periodically to see whats new. If you have questions, you may email us using the Email Us link in the directory on the left side of the screen.
IMPORTANT NOTICE: There may be some disruption of service to the Clerks websites starting Sunday, July 9th at 9:00 AM, as we perform some maintenance on our web servers. We appreciate your patience during this time and apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.
It is the mission of the Office of the Clerk of the Circuit Court of Cook County to serve the citizens of Cook County and the participants in the judicial system in an efficient, effective and ethical manner. All services, information and court records will be provided with courtesy and cost efficiency.