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 j 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 transpar

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 transpar

Operating as usual

11/12/2021
Join Clerk Martinez in collecting purses for the Love Purse organization.  Purses can be dropped off at the following lo...
11/09/2021

Join Clerk Martinez in collecting purses for the Love Purse organization. Purses can be dropped off at the following locations listed below and will be distributed to local area woman's shelters just in time for the holidays.

Join Clerk Martinez in collecting purses for the Love Purse organization. Purses can be dropped off at the following locations listed below and will be distributed to local area woman's shelters just in time for the holidays.

11/09/2021
Join us today on a live townhall on the Eviction Moratorium on ABC7chicago.com today at 2pm brought to you by the office...
09/16/2021
Our Chicago: Town hall examines expiring Illinois eviction moratorium's impact on Latinos

Join us today on a live townhall on the Eviction Moratorium on ABC7chicago.com today at 2pm brought to you by the office of the Clerk of the Circuit Court Iris Y. Martinez

ABC 7's Rob Elgas will lead a discussion with community leaders about how a rise in evictions will cascade into other problems such as overcrowded households and a likely increase in COVID infections, with many parents and children forced to live in shelters or on the street.

You are cordially invited to our Shred Event & Electronic Recycling event tomorrow from 9am - 11:30am.  Time to discard ...
09/10/2021

You are cordially invited to our Shred Event & Electronic Recycling event tomorrow from 9am - 11:30am. Time to discard old electronics and unwanted documents.

You are cordially invited to our Shred Event & Electronic Recycling event tomorrow from 9am - 11:30am. Time to discard old electronics and unwanted documents.

Please share this important information for anyone seeking information on evictions. There is financial assistance avail...
08/03/2021

Please share this important information for anyone seeking information on evictions. There is financial assistance available.

Please share this important information for anyone seeking information on evictions. There is financial assistance available.

CITY OF CHICAGO REMINDS RENTERS OF AVAILABLE RESOURCES AS THE STATE MORATORIUM ON COVID-19 RELATED EVICTIONS ENDS From d...
07/30/2021
Housing

CITY OF CHICAGO REMINDS RENTERS OF AVAILABLE RESOURCES AS THE STATE MORATORIUM ON COVID-19 RELATED EVICTIONS ENDS

From direct payments to free legal services, the City is working to prevent evictions due to pandemic-related shutdowns

CHICAGO – The State of Illinois recently announced a step-down in protections for renters ahead of the end of the moratorium on evictions related to COVID-19 shutdowns which will end on August 30 and a plan to stay evictions for renters who have applied for rental assistance in order to give the organizations the opportunity to distribute the funds. Under the step-down plan, landlords will be able to file eviction proceedings starting August 1 on renters covered under the moratorium. Enforcement of the filing would not begin until the end of the moratorium on August 30. As these changes begin, the City of Chicago is reminding renters there are resources available to help them avoid housing instability stemming from shutdowns established to prevent the further spread of COVID-19.

"As this moratorium approaches its end, it is imperative that we remind our residents of the range of rental supports we still have in place to ensure they are able to stay in their homes," said Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot. "After all, we still have a ways to go before we can officially turn the page on COVID-19—meaning that until and well after that day comes, we have a responsibility to protect and uplift residents who are struggling to make ends meet. I strongly encourage any of our renters who are still facing challenges with paying their rent to tap into the multitude of resources we have available and get the relief they deserve."

Direct Financial Assistance
The Chicago Department of Housing (DOH) closed applications on its latest round of direct financial assistance to impacted renters on June 15 after receiving over 26,000 applications. The Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) is providing up to 15 months of rental payments, 12 months of past due payments and three months of future payments, along with utility payment assistance. DOH is currently processing applications and distributing funds. While the evection moratorium will end in August, the Illinois Supreme Court also plans to place a 30-day stay on fillings for those tenants who have applied for emergency rental assistance under one of the programs administered by the City, State, or County. DOH is planning to open applications for a fourth round of direct rental assistance payments in the Fall.

The Chicago Department of Family and Support Services (DFSS) operates a Rental Assistance Program (RAP) that provides short-term financial assistance for rent, utilities, arrears, and other costs related to housing stability. In addition to financial assistance, households receive housing stability case management focused on budgeting and resolving issues that contributed to the initial housing crisis. Residents can visit any of the six Community Service Centers listed at www.chicago.gov/fss to apply.

“Through direct financial assistance, new legislation, and extensive partnerships, we are working to prevent a crisis similar to 2008,” said DOH Commissioner Marisa Novara. “Our efforts are designed to keep renters safely housed and landlords solvent now, as we work on new initiatives that will further protect renters and prevent evictions in the future.”

Renter Protections
The COVID-19 Evictions Protection Ordinance requires landlords filing evictions due to nonpayment of rent against tenants who have coronavirus-related financial hardships, to wait for a seven-day “cooling-off” period in addition to the regular five-day notice period. After the “cooling-off” period, landlords must show the court that they have engaged in good faith efforts to reach a reasonable alternative to eviction, including mediation, payment plans or other options before an eviction can proceed.

Under the Fair Notice Act passed by City Council in May 2020, tenants have the right to cure a default by repaying past due rent in full along with filing fees and costs incurred by the landlord, until a judgment order has been ruled.

Free Mediation and Legal Assistance
Last year, DOH implemented a comprehensive #KnowYourRights campaign to inform renters of their rights when it comes to illegal evictions and lockouts. Under the Chicago Residential Landlord Tenant Ordinance (Municipal Code Section 5-12-160), lockouts, which include actions such as changing locks, blocking entrances, removing doors and windows, utility shutoffs, removing personal property, and any other act that makes the property inaccessible or uninhabitable, are illegal. Through a partnership with the Lawyers’ Committee for Better Housing, renters can receive free legal and mitigation assistance to prevent being evicted. The hotline, Rentervention, is free and confidential, and tenants can call 312-347-7600, visit rentervention.com or text “hi” to 866-7RENTER (866-773-6837) to start a conversation with Renny, Rentervention’s bot.

Additionally, earlier this year, DOH also worked with the Chicago Police Department (CPD) to establish a new lockout code for illegal lockouts and all 911 operators were trained on the protocol to ensure that officers have the proper response to prevent vulnerable residents from being locked out of their homes. In addition to assigning a unit, dispatchers also notify other support services (i.e., emergency medical, shelter, etc.,) or field units as the situation dictates.

The Center for Conflict Resolution (CCR) also works to help minimize the number of post-pandemic evictions. For the past 40 years, CCR has been providing free mediation services to parents, families, youth, schools, landlords, tenants, religious institutions, and others. Each year, CCR conducts nearly 1,600 mediations across the City and County, including over 200 eviction-related mediations largely referred by the courts. In the last 10 years, 63% of CCR eviction mediations have resulted in settlements between landlords and tenants. A court case is not required to access mediation. Clients can also self-refer outside of the court process. Contact CCR’s case management team at 312-922-6464, ext. 22 or [email protected] if you would like to open a mediation case.

The Cook County Legal Aid for Housing and Debt (CCLAHD) is a county-wide initiative to help resolve eviction, foreclosure, consumer debt, and tax deed issues. Its Early Resolution Program (ERP) provides free legal aid, mediation services, and connections to other resources including rental assistance for tenants and landlords dealing with evictions, property owners who are behind on their mortgage payments or property taxes, and creditors and debtors with issues related to consumer debt. Visit www.cookcountylegalaid.org or call (855) 956-5763 to find out more information and receive help.

Next Steps
To further promote housing stability across Chicago, the City with the Polk Bros. and the United Way is establishing a new Housing Stability Community Response Team to prioritize support for residents to mitigate and prevent a significant increase in evictions due to the end of state and federal moratoriums. This team, modeled after Chicago’s Racial Equity Rapid Response Team, convened to deliver hyper-local information, education and resources to Black and Brown communities which are disproportionately impacted in both cases and deaths, by COVID-19, will include city leaders, community leaders, housing experts, and other key stakeholders who will prioritize racial equity within the eviction prevention work already established by DOH and the City.

In March 2020, DOH opened its first rental assistance program funded with $2 million from
its Affordable Housing Opportunity Fund (AHOF) providing 2,000 one-time grants in the amount of $1,000 to assist renters. The department received over 83,000 applications for this first round demonstrating the deep need across the city, a need that has only increased over the past year. A second round, the Chicago Housing Assistance program, launched with DFSS supported by funds from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act and Chicago’s philanthropic community. Through this second round, DOH and DFSS provided over $33 million in assistance to over 10,000 households. For more information about programs and services available from DOH, visit www.chicago.gov/housing.

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What is the Illinois Rental Assistance Program?
07/15/2021
What is the Illinois Rental Assistance Program?

What is the Illinois Rental Assistance Program?

The Rental Assistance Program is here to help keep Illinois families stably housed, and ensure that tenants and Housing Providers/Landlords are financially secure to prevent a tide of evictions due to COVID-19.

Come join our team! 🎉 The Clerk's Office is currently accepting applications for the following positions: • APPEALS CLER...
06/11/2021

Come join our team! 🎉 The Clerk's Office is currently accepting applications for the following positions:

• APPEALS CLERK I
• CASHIER II
• CLERK IV SENIOR
• EXPUNGEMENT CLERK I
• FINANCIAL ROOM CLERK II
• WAREHOUSE RECORDS CLERK I SR.

To apply and for more information, visit our website at: https://www.cookcountyclerkofcourt.org/NewWebsite/About-Us/Employment-Opportunities.aspx

Come join our team! 🎉 The Clerk's Office is currently accepting applications for the following positions:

• APPEALS CLERK I
• CASHIER II
• CLERK IV SENIOR
• EXPUNGEMENT CLERK I
• FINANCIAL ROOM CLERK II
• WAREHOUSE RECORDS CLERK I SR.

To apply and for more information, visit our website at: https://www.cookcountyclerkofcourt.org/NewWebsite/About-Us/Employment-Opportunities.aspx

Reminder: Join us tomorrow at the Metropolitan Family Services' parking lot from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
06/11/2021

Reminder: Join us tomorrow at the Metropolitan Family Services' parking lot from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Join us on June 12 for information on expungements and other government resources at the Metropolitan Family Services parking lot from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. See you there!

If you're a Chicago resident in need of rental assistance, the Chicago Department of Housing is accepting applications f...
06/07/2021

If you're a Chicago resident in need of rental assistance, the Chicago Department of Housing is accepting applications for its Emergency Rental Assistance Program until 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, June 15, 2021.

If you live in Chicago & need help paying your rent and or your utilities due to COVID-19 find out if you qualify for the Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP). Up to 15 months of rental assistance is available.

Call the ERAP Call Center with any questions: (312) 698-0202. chicago.gov/renthelp

Join us on June 12 for information on expungements and other government resources at the Metropolitan Family Services pa...
06/04/2021

Join us on June 12 for information on expungements and other government resources at the Metropolitan Family Services parking lot from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. See you there!

Join us on June 12 for information on expungements and other government resources at the Metropolitan Family Services parking lot from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. See you there!

Housing providers and tenants, you can now apply for the Illinois Rental Payment program. Housing providers have until J...
06/02/2021
How to Apply - Illinois Rental Payment Program

Housing providers and tenants, you can now apply for the Illinois Rental Payment program. Housing providers have until June 7 to complete their portion of the application process, and tenants have until June 13 to complete a landlord-initiated application.

More information: www.ihda.org/ilrpp

This video illustrates the application process for housing providers and tenants who are interested in applying for up to $25,000 in COVID-19 related emergen...

Chicago residents, learn more about the City's current Emergency Rental Assistance Program below. Applications are due J...
06/02/2021

Chicago residents, learn more about the City's current Emergency Rental Assistance Program below. Applications are due June 8.

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

A CBS Chicago investigation brought to our attention that changes were needed to keep the identity of child s*x 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 s*x 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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Iris Martinez, Clerk of the Circuit Court of Cook County
Commissioner Alma E. Anaya
Commissioner Dennis Deer
Illinois Judicial Council

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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

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Any idea when the website will be up and running?
I have been trying to get onto the Clerk of the Circuit Court of Cook County website for two days now with no luck and it keeps saying the website is taking to long to respond . Trying to check on my case 🙁 is anyone else having this issue or is the site down ?
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?