Clerk of the Circuit Court of Cook County

Clerk of the Circuit Court of Cook County The Clerk of the Circuit Court (Clerk's Office) is, by law, the official keeper of records for all judicial matters brought into the Circuit Court of Cook County.

The Clerk of the Circuit Court (Clerk’s Office) is, by law, the official keeper of records for all judicial matters brought into the Circuit Court of Cook County. The Clerk’s Office serves the 5.2 million citizens of Cook County, more than 400 judges and maintains offices in Chicago, Skokie, Rolling Meadows, Maywood, Bridgeview and Markham. Mission Statement: 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.

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A CBS Chicago investigation brought to our attention that changes were needed to keep the identity of child sex crime vi...
05/11/2021

A CBS Chicago investigation brought to our attention that changes were needed to keep the identity of child sex crime victims private. Today, Senate Bill 2339 passed the House Judiciary - Criminal Committee and will now move on to be considered by the full House.

More about SB 2339: https://bit.ly/3t9MVG0
From CBS2: https://cbsloc.al/3bkzb58

A CBS Chicago investigation brought to our attention that changes were needed to keep the identity of child sex crime victims private. Today, Senate Bill 2339 passed the House Judiciary - Criminal Committee and will now move on to be considered by the full House.

More about SB 2339: https://bit.ly/3t9MVG0
From CBS2: https://cbsloc.al/3bkzb58

Avoid an in-person trip to our office. You can now make payments to the Clerk of the Circuit Court online in two ways.1️...
04/28/2021

Avoid an in-person trip to our office. You can now make payments to the Clerk of the Circuit Court online in two ways.

1️⃣ Visit https://www.cookcountyclerkofcourt.org/NewWebsite and click the “make an online payment” banner on our home page

2️⃣ Visit LexisNexis directly at https://payments.lexisnexis.com/CCC/Payments

Avoid an in-person trip to our office. You can now make payments to the Clerk of the Circuit Court online in two ways.

1️⃣ Visit https://www.cookcountyclerkofcourt.org/NewWebsite and click the “make an online payment” banner on our home page

2️⃣ Visit LexisNexis directly at https://payments.lexisnexis.com/CCC/Payments

02/17/2021

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Special Invited Guest:

Iris Martinez, Clerk of the Circuit Court of Cook County
Commissioner Alma E. Anaya
Commissioner Dennis Deer
Illinois Judicial Council

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12/08/2020

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Best wishes to all for a happy and safe Thanksgiving!
11/26/2020

Best wishes to all for a happy and safe Thanksgiving!

11/11/2020
Court users may direct dial on their telephone keypad to get court information, if they have their case or ticket number...
11/06/2020

Court users may direct dial on their telephone keypad to get court information, if they have their case or ticket number. See the attached flyer for a list of the direct dial telephone numbers and brief instructions on how to access court information, such as next court date/time/location and/or traffic ticket disposition and fines due. MUST HAVE CASE OR TICKET NUMBER ready to key-in when calling for court information.

The Clerk's Office presents a training webinar on the upcoming, new Case Management System in Suburban Districts 2 - 6, ...
09/23/2020
Webinar on New Case Management System - Suburban Districts 2-6.pdf

The Clerk's Office presents a training webinar on the upcoming, new Case Management System in Suburban Districts 2 - 6, for attorneys and self-represented litigants. Attend the webinar on Tuesday, Sept. 29, 4:00 - 5:30 p.m. (sign-on starts at 3:30 p.m.; attendees enter at 4:00 p.m. promptly). See the attached flyer for more details. Register now! CLE credit available for attorneys. Go to: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1SRePPDX6-a0JAEY6h5bW3vYkTftZBoD8/view?usp=sharing

The Clerk's Office presents training webinars on the upcoming, new Case Management System in the Civil Areas of Law, for...
08/22/2020
Webinars on New CMS in Civil Areas flyer.pdf

The Clerk's Office presents training webinars on the upcoming, new Case Management System in the Civil Areas of Law, for attorneys and self-represented litigants. Attend the Domestic Relations Division webinar on Monday, Aug. 24, 4:00 - 5:30 p.m. (sign-on starts at 3:30 p.m.). See the attached flyer for dates/times of the other remaining divisions. Must register separately for each divisional webinar. Information and instructions on the Odyssey Case Management System in the Civil Areas of Law. Register now! CLE credit available for attorneys. Go to: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1V3Me3gpShSG8TSHgS6U4e9SWK5r1uSdG/view?usp=sharing

The Clerk's Office presents the "Scheduling in the County Division" training webinar on Wednesday, Aug. 12, 4:00 - 5:30 ...
08/05/2020

The Clerk's Office presents the "Scheduling in the County Division" training webinar on Wednesday, Aug. 12, 4:00 - 5:30 p.m. (sign-on starts at 3:30 p.m.). Information and instructions on Scheduling when eFiling in the County Division Odyssey Case Management System. Register now! CLE credit available for attorneys. Go to: https://tinyurl.com/y39bmvt7

OPEN TO THE PUBLIC: THE DOROTHY BROWN SECOND CHANCE VIRTUAL EXPUNGEMENT SUMMIT KICK-OFF PRESENTATION IS TODAY, SATURDAY,...
08/01/2020
Welcome! You are invited to join a webinar: Dorothy Brown Second Chance Virtual Expungement Summit. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the webinar.

OPEN TO THE PUBLIC: THE DOROTHY BROWN SECOND CHANCE VIRTUAL EXPUNGEMENT SUMMIT KICK-OFF PRESENTATION IS TODAY, SATURDAY, AUGUST 1, 2020, at 9:00 AM. (Sign-on begins at 8:30 a.m.) Get important information about the legal processes for clearing criminal records from a panel of criminal justice system stakeholders, elected officials, attorneys, and legal assistance, re-entry & community organizations. REGISTER NOW for this zoom webinar! Copy and paste or type this link into your browser: https://tinyurl.com/y2mbmbsg
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Panel Discussion and Instructions on the Expungement and Sealing Processes for Clearing Criminal Records

REGISTER NOW FOR THE DOROTHY BROWN SECOND CHANCE VIRTUAL EXPUNGEMENT SUMMIT KICK-OFF, TAKING PLACE SAT., AUG. 1, 2020 AT...
07/30/2020
Circuit Clerk Brown hosts virtual expungement summit - Suburban Chicagoland

REGISTER NOW FOR THE DOROTHY BROWN SECOND CHANCE VIRTUAL EXPUNGEMENT SUMMIT KICK-OFF, TAKING PLACE SAT., AUG. 1, 2020 AT 9:00 AM. (Sign-on starts at 8:30 a.m.). Learn about the expungement and sealing processes for clearing criminal records, and get your questions answered. To register for the webinar go to: https://tinyurl.com/y2mbmbsg

Cook County Circuit Clerk Dorothy Brown Makes Popular Expungement Summit Virtual, with Kick-Off on Zoom on Saturday, Aug. 1, 9:00 a.m. Expungement Services Webinar to feature Panel of Criminal Justice Stakeholders, Elected Officials, Support Services Groups, and Community Organizations

REGISTER NOW FOR THE DOROTHY BROWN SECOND CHANCE VIRTUAL EXPUNGEMENT SUMMIT KICK-OFF PRESENTATION, TAKING PLACE ON SATUR...
07/23/2020

REGISTER NOW FOR THE DOROTHY BROWN SECOND CHANCE VIRTUAL EXPUNGEMENT SUMMIT KICK-OFF PRESENTATION, TAKING PLACE ON SATURDAY, AUGUST 1, 2020, at 9:00 AM. (Sign-on begins at 8:30 a.m.) Get important information about the legal processes for clearing criminal records from a panel of criminal justice system stakeholders, elected officials, attorneys, and legal assistance, re-entry & community organizations. REGISTER NOW for this zoom webinar! Copy and paste or type this link into your browser: https://tinyurl.com/y2mbmbsg
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing
information about joining the webinar.

Saddened by the passing of one of our greatest Civil Rights heroes. We pay homage to the exemplary life of Congressman J...
07/18/2020

Saddened by the passing of one of our greatest Civil Rights heroes. We pay homage to the exemplary life of Congressman John Lewis.

Heartfelt condolences to the family of Congressman John Lewis, and all Americans, on the loss of this great man and fier...
07/18/2020

Heartfelt condolences to the family of Congressman John Lewis, and all Americans, on the loss of this great man and fierce defender of human rights. All of our lives have been made richer due to Cong. John Lewis’s lifelong, unwavering fights for our rights. He was a person of high principles yet had the compassionate, common touch. He maintained an unshakable belief in justice for all throughout his remarkable life. He will be greatly missed.

Best wishes for a Happy & Safe Independence Day!
07/04/2020

Best wishes for a Happy & Safe Independence Day!

The 2020 Dorothy Brown Second Chance Expungement Summit Goes Virtual with an online Kick-Off presentation on Saturday, A...
07/02/2020

The 2020 Dorothy Brown Second Chance Expungement Summit Goes Virtual with an online Kick-Off presentation on Saturday, August 1, 2020, from 9:00 am - 11:00 am. Pre-registration is required for the Expungement Summit at www.cookcountyclerkofcourt.org/SecondChance. Following the Kick-Off presentation, ONLY REGISTERED PARTICIPANTS will be contacted by volunteer attorneys for consultations on preparing and filing petitions for expungement and sealing. MUST HAVE RAP SHEET/ILLINOIS CRIMINAL HISTORY RECORD TO UPLOAD WHEN REGISTERING ONLINE. See the attached flyer for more details.

Today we honor the millions and generations of Black people whose lives and livelihoods were stolen by America’s institu...
06/19/2020

Today we honor the millions and generations of Black people whose lives and livelihoods were stolen by America’s institution of slavery; and we pay homage to the persevering spirit of those brave African Americans who fought and died in the struggle for their liberation and the freedom of their descendants in this country.

We pay homage to the brave men and women who lost their lives while serving in the U.S. Armed Forces.
05/25/2020

We pay homage to the brave men and women who lost their lives while serving in the U.S. Armed Forces.

05/16/2020
Clerk Dorothy Brown's Message for 2020 Graduates!

Congratulations to the Graduates of 2020! Clerk Brown shares an inspirational message for your continued success.

Hon. Dorothy Brown, Clerk of the Circuit Court of Cook County, shares inspirational words with the 2020 graduating class.

Honoring our 3.6 million #county employees through #WeAreCounties – putting a face on the front lines of #COVID19 pandem...
05/06/2020

Honoring our 3.6 million #county employees through #WeAreCounties – putting a face on the front lines of #COVID19 pandemic response #WeAreCounties www.NACo.org/wearecounties

REGISTER NOW! The date of the 2020 Dorothy Brown Second Chance Expungement Summit has been updated. Pre-registration wit...
04/30/2020

REGISTER NOW! The date of the 2020 Dorothy Brown Second Chance Expungement Summit has been updated. Pre-registration with RAP sheets and/or Criminal History Records is REQUIRED. The pre-registration portal on the Clerk's Office's website is open: www.cookcountyclerkofcourt.org/SecondChance

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The Clerk of the Circuit Court (Clerk’s Office) is, by law, the official keeper of records for all judicial matters brought into the Circuit Court of Cook County. The Clerk’s Office serves the 5.2 million citizens 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 Clerk’s Office has a workforce of approximately 1,700 employees and an annual operating budget of more than $80 million.

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February 3, 2021 was the deadline for putting in an application for one of the 10 vacancies for the office of associate judge of the Cook County Circuit Court. We all know that Howard Brookins Jr. isn't a very good choice for the process. Why? Howard Brookins Jr. is disreputable, unscrupulous and he suffers from Post Concussion Syndrome and Permanent Brain Damage. Many citizens of our great city Chicago have doubt about Howard Brookins Jr. mental stability. He has hideous facial disfigurations, he wears an orthodontic prosthesis, and he has been known to be gang affiliated. Howard Brookins Jr. has been the subject of a federal investigation for accepting bribes. He also has been fined by The City of Chicago's Inspector General Office for illicit fiduciary duties such as being deceptive in his duty to keep accurate and sufficient Tax Records and Payroll Records. Recently Howard Brookins Jr. has been fined for for representing clients in an adverse role. The Model Rules of Professional Conduct for Attorneys state: (a) Except as provided in paragraph (b), a lawyer shall not represent a client if the representation involves a concurrent conflict of interest. A concurrent conflict of interest exists if: (1) the representation of one client will be directly adverse to another client; or (2) there is a significant risk that the representation of one or more clients will be materially limited by the lawyer's responsibilities to another client, a former client or a third person or by a personal interest of the lawyer. (b) Notwithstanding the existence of a concurrent conflict of interest under paragraph (a), a lawyer may represent a client if: (1) the lawyer reasonably believes that the lawyer will be able to provide competent and diligent representation to each affected client; (2) the representation is not prohibited by law; (3) the representation does not involve the assertion of a claim by one client against another client represented by the lawyer in the same litigation or other proceeding before a tribunal; and (4) each affected client gives informed consent, confirmed in writing. Howard Brookins Jr. violated The Model Rules of Professional Conduct for Attorneys by representing a former alderman with the name of Proco Joe Moreno wantonly and flagrantly. My personal opinion on that matter is that Howard Brookins Jr.'s Post Concussion Syndrome and Permanent Brain Damage Mental Health issues are behind his brazen disregard of The Model Rules of Professional Conduct for Attorneys. With all of the above being conveyed to all who have chosen to read this comment thank you. I hope you realize that Howard Brookins Jr. shouldn't be considered for a Cook County, Illinois judgeship. In all actuality Alderman Howard Brookins Jr. should be considered for being debarred. Sincerely, Jacques Darrow Carr, LDA at Law
February 3, 2021 was the deadline for putting in an application for one of the 10 vacancies for the office of associate judge of the Cook County Circuit Court. We all know that Howard Brookins Jr. isn't a very good choice for the process. Why? Howard Brookins Jr. is disreputable, unscrupulous and he suffers from Post Concussion Syndrome and Permanent Brain Damage. Many citizens of our great city Chicago have doubt about Howard Brookins Jr. mental stability. He has hideous facial disfigurations, he wears an orthodontic prosthesis, and he has been known to be gang affiliated. Howard Brookins Jr. has been the subject of a federal investigation for accepting bribes. He also has been fined by The City of Chicago's Inspector General Office for illicit fiduciary duties such as being deceptive in his duty to keep accurate and sufficient Tax Records and Payroll Records. Recently Howard Brookins Jr. has been fined for for representing clients in an adverse role. The Model Rules of Professional Conduct for Attorneys state: (a) Except as provided in paragraph (b), a lawyer shall not represent a client if the representation involves a concurrent conflict of interest. A concurrent conflict of interest exists if: (1) the representation of one client will be directly adverse to another client; or (2) there is a significant risk that the representation of one or more clients will be materially limited by the lawyer's responsibilities to another client, a former client or a third person or by a personal interest of the lawyer. (b) Notwithstanding the existence of a concurrent conflict of interest under paragraph (a), a lawyer may represent a client if: (1) the lawyer reasonably believes that the lawyer will be able to provide competent and diligent representation to each affected client; (2) the representation is not prohibited by law; (3) the representation does not involve the assertion of a claim by one client against another client represented by the lawyer in the same litigation or other proceeding before a tribunal; and (4) each affected client gives informed consent, confirmed in writing. Howard Brookins Jr. violated The Model Rules of Professional Conduct for Attorneys by representing a former alderman with the name of Proco Joe Moreno wantonly and flagrantly. My personal opinion on that matter is that Howard Brookins Jr.'s Post Concussion Syndrome and Permanent Brain Damage Mental Health issues are behind his brazen disregard of The Model Rules of Professional Conduct for Attorneys. With all of the above being conveyed to all who have chosen to read this comment thank you. I hope you realize that Howard Brookins Jr. shouldn't be considered for a Cook County, Illinois judgeship. Sincerely, Jacques Darrow Carr, LDA at Law
Given we are in the middle of a global pandemic, it is unconscionable that a threat of body attachment would be written into a court order in a civil matter.
I need guardianship forms for my mother who is incapacitated. Where do I get them from.
So the Cook County Clerk established a procedure to redeem taxes during the Covid crisis. I had to overnight a request ($26.00) They received 6/3/2020... have proof from the post office. To follow up according to their procedures you can call 312-603-5645... but you get a recording to call 312-898-9874 or 312-898-9875 when you call these numbers ... last week they just did not answer and no chance to leave a message. Yesterday 6-9-2020 I left a detailed message to call me let them know what I wanted and the tax numbers involved..... crickets. ALL other nearby counties you call... leave a message or talk to someone and later the same day they email you the estimate of redemption. People are going to loose their houses because of this. If any one else is having the same problems like and share... post on other social media... comment on this post etc.... I also will see if I get censored and let you know....thank you have a nice day.
Is court open Monday May 18th ? I see dates on cook county case lookup but attorneys think that is automated and are not sure if they should show up or not. Can you please post some guidance? Is there pro se video conferencing available? Thank you!
Good morning, has anyone from the clerks office said anything about Co-parenting by court order during this pandemic?
You people keep sending jury duty summons to my son who is active duty.. YOu make it so difficult to inform you that your summons can't be enforced. You need a way to make sure active duty military is not getting these jury summons...In this day of technology.. It is ridiculous that our military personal get these summons when they can't even respond to them...Especially when they are DEPLOYED!!!
Do I still need to call about standby jury duty?
Why are the Clerks Of Employee the only ones work...why is Clerk Brown NOT following the President, Governor and Chief Judge recommentations
I have sent numerous messages, emails and made calls to multiple people but nobody has even tried to help me. On June 6th, I observed a Chicago employee ticketing my vehicle for expired registration. I immediately showed him the receipt that my registration had been renewed 6 days earlier and that I had never driven the vehicle unregistered. Of course, it takes multiple days to receive the sticker. When the ticket was mailed at my house, I contested it and sent proof that my registration was current and paid for with the Secretary of state from 6 days earlier. Administrative Law Judge Ginger Mance, decided that I am still responsible for the fine, even though the day that I was charged with the violation, the violation "did not exist". My emails to the circuit county court, messages to judges, phone calls to the department of administrative hearings have gotten me nothing besides the advice to appeal the ticket because a "regular judge will dismiss the case" as I was told by someone at administrative hearings. today I went to file an appeal and they are asking me for a $400 fee. Shame for proving one more time how the system in Cook county works.