Frequently Asked Questions Office of the Clerk of the
May I file a District 2 Civil case in District 6?
Circuit Court of Cook County
Yes, all suburban locations accept filings from other
suburban locations. SUBURBAN BUREAU
CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT
Where may I file a last will and testament?
Dear Friends, You may file a will of any deceased person in any of the District 2 - Skokie
listed suburban locations or you may file at the Daley 5600 Old Orchard Road, Room 136
As the Clerk of the Circuit Court of Cook County, I Center, 50 W. Washington, Probate Division, 12th Floor. Skokie, Illinois 60077
am the official keeper of records for all judicial (847) 470-7250
matters brought into one of the largest unified How may I change my traffic court date?
court systems in the world. There are two ways in which you may change your District 3 - Rolling Meadows
court date: first, you may send an individual on your
2121 Euclid Avenue, Room 121
I have firsthand knowledge of how legal decisions behalf to the scheduled court date to request a con-
Rolling Meadows, Illinois 60008
affect the lives of men, women, children and entire tinuance, explaining why you cannot appear (please
families. My goal is to provide useful information be aware that the judge may not grant a continuance
to the citizens of Cook County to help them navi- in this case); and second, before your scheduled
gate the court system and best utilize the services court date, you may come to the courthouse where
District 4 - Maywood
offered by the Clerk’s Office. your ticket is assigned, file a motion to advance and 1500 Maybrook Avenue, Room 236
ask the judge to change your court date. (Note: It is Maywood, Illinois 60153
This brochure gives an overview of the operations at the judge’s discretion as to whether the motion (708) 865-6040
of the Suburban Bureau, which consists of will be allowed.)
Municipal Districts 2 - 6. I hope that you find this District 5 - Bridgeview
general information helpful. Please visit our web- Do I need an attorney to file a $500 lawsuit? 10220 South 76th Avenue, Room 121
site or office, or call if you need further assistance. All Suburban District locations have a “Pro Se Bridgeview, Illinois 60455
court,” which is designed to allow individuals, 18 (708) 974-6500
Contact information for the Suburban Bureau and years or older, to represent themselves in lawsuits to
Districts 2 - 6 is listed on the back panel. Also, you recover claims of $1,500 or less. (You may want to District 6 - Markham
may contact me at (312) 603-5031 with any con- consult with an attorney on more complex matters.) 16501 South Kedzie Parkway, Room 119
cerns. Markham, Illinois 60428
Is it possible to get information about my traffic (708) 210-4551
Sincerely, case after business hours?
Yes, the Clerk of the Circuit Court of Cook County’s Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.,
Voice Information System allows customers to Monday through Friday,
access information such as status of a payment or Excluding Court Holidays
court dates 24 hours a day 7 days a week. The tele-
phone number is (312) 603-2000.
For more information, visit:
Clerk of the Circuit Court of Cook County
How do I file a motion? www.cookcountyclerkofcourt.org
To file a motion in person you must come to the court-
Permission is granted to court, government and house and request to do so. You will be given the appro- MISSION STATEMENT
not-for-profit agencies to reprint all or any part of priate forms to fill out depending on the type of motion It is the mission of the Office of the Clerk of the Circuit
this material, provided that acknowledgment to you request. You will then be given a date, time and Court of Cook County to serve the citizens of Cook
the copyright holder is included in any reprint. courtroom in which to appear. In some instances, you County and the participants in the judicial system in an
This permission does not include reprinting to be efficient, effective and ethical manner. All services, infor-
may appear before a Judge the same day your motion is
used for sale, resale or profit. mation and court records will be provided with courtesy
filed. There will be fees associated for some motions.
and cost efficiency.
Suburban Bureau TICE, LaGRANGE, LEMONT, LYONS, MERRIONETTE PARK, CHILD SUPPORT TELEPHONE MOTIONS Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in room 253.
McCOOK, OAK LAWN, ORLAND HILLS, ORLAND PARK, PALOS Each Suburban District may accept the following rou- Additionally, on Mondays, Bar attorneys are available
DISTRICT 2 - SKOKIE HEIGHTS, PALOS HILLS, PALOS PARK, STICKNEY, SUMMIT,
Traffic Department: (847) 470-5088 TINLEY PARK, WESTERN SPRINGS, WEST HAVEN, WILLOW tine Child Support motions via telephone: in the afternoon to assist parties in civil cases.
Civil/Domestic Department: (847) 470-7289 SPRINGS, WORTH. • Appointment of Special Process Server
Criminal Department: (847) 470-7368 • Leave to File Appearance or Otherwise Plead District 5 – Volunteer attorneys staff a desk in the
Municipalities and Government Agencies served: DISTRICT 6 - MARKHAM • Leave to File Counter-Petition lower level of the courthouse on Tuesdays from 9 a.m.
DEERFIELD, DES PLAINES, EVANSTON, GLENCOE, GLENVIEW, Traffic Department: (708) 210-4486 • Motion to File Alias Summons until noon. Unified Family Court employees, located
GOLF, KENILWORTH, LINCOLNWOOD, METRA, METROPOLI- Civil/Domestic Department: (708) 210-4552 • Motion to Set Pre-Trial Date in room 062 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., aid individu-
TAN WATER RECLAMATION DISTRICT, MORTON GROVE, • Motion for Release and Satisfaction of Judgment als with filling out forms for filing Orders of
NILES, NORTHBROOK, NORTHFIELD, NORTHWESTERN UNI- Criminal Department: (708) 210-4217
VERSITY, PARK RIDGE, WILMETTE, WINNETKA, UNION PACIF- Municipalities and Government Agencies served: • Leave to File Response to Petition Protection. For more information, call (708) 974-6577.
IC RAILROAD, COOK COUNTY SHERIFF, COOK COUNTY FOR- BLUE ISLAND, BURNHAM, CALUMET CITY, CALUMET PARK, • Motions for Referrals for Conciliation Court Advocates aid individuals in Criminal matters.
EST PRESERVE, STATE POLICE DISTRICTS 15 AND 03. CHICAGO HEIGHTS, COUNTRY CLUB HILLS, CRETE, DIX- • Motion to File an Amended Pleading and allow
MOOR, DOLTON, EAST HAZELCREST, FLOSSMOOR, FORD Parties to File a Responsive Pleading on a Specific District 6 – On Thursdays from noon until 3 p.m.,
DISTRICT 3 - ROLLING MEADOWS HEIGHTS, GLENWOOD, HARVEY, HAZELCREST, HOME-
WOOD, LANSING, LYNWOOD, MARKHAM, MATTESON, MID- Date. attorneys are available in the Pro Bono clinic to assist
Traffic Department: (847) 818-3000 LOTHIAN, OAK FOREST, OLYMPIA FIELDS, PARK FOREST, The telephone numbers in the respective Districts are individuals. These attorneys are available by appoint-
Civil/Domestic Department: (847) 818-2300 PHOENIX, POSEN, RICHTON PARK, RIVERDALE, ROBBINS, as follows: ment only. Appointments may be made in the Clerk’s
Criminal Department: (847) 818-3000 SAUK VILLAGE, SOUTH-CHICAGO HEIGHTS, SOUTH HOL- District 2 - (847) 470-5057 Office in Room 119 at the Civil counter. The telephone
Municipalities and Government Agencies served: LAND, STEGER, THORNTON.
District 3 - (847) 818-2124 number for the Pro Bono clinic is (708) 210-4310.
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, BARRINGTON, BARRINGTON HILLS, District 4 - (708) 865-6176 Court advocates are available Monday through Friday
BARTLETT, BENSENVILLE, BUFFALO GROVE, ELGIN, ELK TYPES OF CASES HEARD
GROVE VILLAGE, HANOVER PARK, HARWOOD HEIGHTS, The types of cases heard in Districts 2 - 6 include: District 5 - (708) 974-6511 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in rooms 101K and 102H
HOFFMAN ESTATES, INVERNESS, KILDEER, MOUNT • Traffic cases where the traffic offense occurred in District 6 - (708) 210-4748 and the telephone number is (708) 210-4651.
PROSPECT, NORRIDGE, PALATINE, PROSPECT HEIGHTS,
ROLLING MEADOWS, ROSELLE, ROSEMONT, SCHAUMBURG, one of the municipalities served by the District
Courthouse. Please visit any of the Suburban district locations to Frequently Asked Questions
SCHILLER PARK, SOUTH BARRINGTON, STREAMWOOD,
WHEELING, COOK COUNTY SHERIFF AND FOREST PRE- • Civil Cases for damages up to $100,000 where the pick up an information packet. This packet includes the Where can I go to file an order of protection?
SERVE, STATE POLICE 2, 3 AND 15. defendant resides within one of the municipalities motion forms necessary to complete the transaction. If you are seeking an emergency Order of Protection
served by the District Courthouse. Please be aware that court rules regarding the filing of you may go to any courthouse to file. In most
DISTRICT 4 - MAYWOOD • Civil Cases for damages up to $100,000 where the motions apply. instances, if an emergency situation exists, the first
Traffic Department: (708) 865-5195 incident occurred within one of the municipalities available judge will hear your case. If it is not an
Civil/Domestic Department: (708) 865-5186 included in a specific District. COURT ADVOCATE AND emergency, you may request an Order of Protection
Criminal Department: (708) 865-4978 • Criminal cases where the criminal act occurred in LEGAL SERVICES INFORMATION from the courthouse in your area. If the Order of
Municipalities and Government Agencies served: one of the municipalities located within the Following is Pro Se assistance information for each Protection you seek is a criminal Order of
ANIMAL CONTROL, BELLWOOD, BERKELEY, BERWYN, jurisdictional boundaries of a specific District. District: Protection, you must first request that a charge be
BURLINGTON SANTA FE, BROADVIEW, BROOKFIELD, COOK
• Domestic Relations cases, including petitions for filed at your local police agency. Each courthouse
COUNTY FOREST PRESERVE, COOK COUNTY SHERIFF District 2 –The Advocate Department, located in has court advocates who are available to help you
CICERO, ELMWOOD PARK, FOREST PARK, FRANKLIN PARK, dissolution of marriage, invalidity of marriage, legal
HILLSIDE, HINES, ILLINOIS STATE POLICE 03, LA GRANGE separation, joint simplified dissolution of marriage, Room 218, aids Domestic Violence victims with the complete your Order of Protection packet. These
PARK, MAYWOOD, MELROSE PARK, MEMORIAL PARK, custody, visitation and civil orders of protection. filing of Civil Orders of Protection. Call (847) 470- packets are available in each Clerk’s Office.
METRA, NORTHLAKE, NORTH RIVERSIDE, OAK PARK, RIVER
• Child Support/Parentage cases. 5052. Also, through the Chicago Bar Association, the
FOREST, RIVER GROVE, RIVERSIDE, SECRETARY OF STATE, Presiding Judge’s Office oversees a Lawyer Referral In what courtroom is my traffic ticket assigned?
STONE PARK, TRITON COLLEGE, WESTCHESTER. • Domestic Violence cases including orders of
protection originating in a specific District. Program that assists individuals. Call (847) 470-7200. Tickets are assigned to the courtrooms in which the
• Juvenile Justice cases where the juvenile offense police officer and his or her respective municipality
DISTRICT 5 - BRIDGEVIEW District 3 – Legal Services are available every Friday or law enforcement agency are assigned. If this is the
Traffic Department: (708) 974-6906 occurred in one of the municipalities included in a
specific District. afternoon at 1:30 p.m. in front of courtroom 206. Court first time you are going to court on a particular tick-
Civil/Domestic Department: (708) 974-6599 Advocates are available to aid individuals in filing et, the lower right corner of your ticket will show
Criminal Department: (708) 974-6387 • Law Division cases in excess of $100,000. Contact
the Law Division at (312) 603-5426 or your local Orders of Protection. They are located in Room 036, and this information.
Municipalities and Government Agencies served:
suburban courthouse for details. the telephone number is (847) 818-2426.
ALSIP, BEDFORD PARK, BRIDGEVIEW, BURBANK, BURR This resource does not represent legal advice and
RIDGE, CHICAGO RIDGE, CRESTWOOD, COUNTRYSIDE, Note: District 5 - Bridgeview hears Minor should not be viewed as legal commentary, interpreta-
EVERGREEN PARK, FOREST VIEW, HICKORY HILLS, HINS- Guardianship cases. District 4 – There are Court Advocates available to aid tion, opinion, or consultation as to the applicability of
DALE, HODGKINS, HOMETOWN, INDIAN HEAD PARK, JUS- individuals in filing Orders of Protection, Monday - any law, and is subject to revision from time to time.