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Cook County Circuit Court - 1st Municipal District
Richard J. Daley Center
50 West Washington Street, Suite 1303
The First Municipal District serves Chicago.
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Online Court Resources
Resources for the Cook County Circuit Court - 1st Municipal District as well as online resources applicable to courts generally in Cook County, Illinois, and resources applicable to all courts in Illinois.
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Illinois Circuit Court Case Records
Search Circuit Court case records in most Illinois counties online. A menu of participating courts is provided. Individual county searches are free. Some outstanding fines on closed cases, minor traffic fines, amd conservation fines may be paid online. A subscription service is also available for multi-court searches and other features.
Dockets, calendars, and other information about court cases
Published opinions and orders
Forms and related information
Cook County Circuit Court Forms
Search for Cook County Circuit Court forms by division, form number, or title of the form. Forms may be filed electronically.
Illinois Circuit Court Online Forms and Information
Complete Illinois Circuit Court forms using an interactive interview process; completed forms can be saved and printed. Forms may also be downloaded and filled out by hand. Instructions and additional self-help resources are provided.
Online fine payments
Self help, legal research, general information
Cook County Circuit Court Evictions
View information about evictions in Cook County Circuit Court Municipal Department, including types of cases, hearing locations, tips for litigants, legal and community resources, and a video of court procedure.
Cook County Circuit Court Arbitration
View information about the Mandatory Arbitration Program in Cook County Circuit Court, which can help parties resolve disputes over money without going to trial. Information about eligibility, hearing procedure, rejection of the award, and self-representation; links to publications and forms; answers to frequently asked questions; and hearing locations are provided.
Cook County Circuit Court Electronic Filing
File Cook County Circuit Court Civil, Chancery, Law, Probate, Domestic Relations, Child Support, and Elder Law and Miscellaneous Remedies Division cases electronically. Registration is required. A fee applies.
Cook County Circuit Court Glossary
Search a glossary of Cook County Circuit Court terms by court division, term, or definition; or view the glossary in alphabetical order.
Cook County Circuit Court Self-Help Information
View Cook County Circuit Court information for self-represented parties by topic, including going to court, finding an attorney, wills, estates, guardianships, family, juvenile, lawsuits, criminal, traffic, housing, and small claims.
Cook County Circuit Court Services and Resources
View information and download brochures about services and resources provided by Cook County Clerk of Circuit Court, including finding an attorney, child support collection, adoption records, expungement and sealing of records, domestic violence and orders of protection, teen dating violence, simplified divorce, and self-help resources.
Cook County Circuit Court Traffic Section
View information about Cook County Circuit Court Traffic Section, including courtroom locations and schedules, court supervision, driver's license sanctions, DUI, court appearances, plea options if appearance is not required, types of cases, defendant's rights, traffic school, types of traffic tickets and how to respond, a traffic procedure video, and answers to frequently asked questions.
Cook County Juvenile Procedure and Probation
Cook County Juvenile Probation and Court Services Department offers information about programs and services including Juvenile Drug Treatment Court Program, alternatives to detention, publications including a Juvenile Justice Guide Book, and answers to frequently asked questions about the juvenile justice process.
Cook County Law Library
View information about Cook County Law Library, including locations, hours, available materials and services, an online catalog, and links to additional legal research resources.
Illinois Child Support
Illinois Division of Child Support Services offers information about available services and procedures, custodial and non-custodial parents, and paternity; application forms and instructions; payment procedures including ways to pay online and view payment history; access to case information; answers to frequently asked questions; and contact information for regional offices.
Illinois Court Rules
View the Illinois Supreme Court Rules governing procedure in the trial courts, including civil, criminal, traffic, general, appeals, and child custody.
Illinois Crime Victim Help
The Illinois Attorney General's Office offers information about programs and services for crime victims, including victims' compensation.
Illinois Domestic Violence Help
The Illinois Attorney General's Office offers information about services available for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. A searchable directory of services by program and county is included. Information about orders of protection and services for crime victims is also provided.
Illinois Domestic Violence Resources
The Illinois Coalition Against Domestic Violence offers links to services for victims of domestic violence, including local resources by county.
Illinois Record Expungement and Sealing
View information about expungement and sealing of criminal records in Illinois for adults and juveniles, with links to a downloadable guide, forms, instructions, and additional online resources.
Illinois Self-Help Legal Centers
View contact information for local legal self-help centers, with links to their websites containing additional information and forms.
Illinois Electronic Filing
View information about electronic filing of court documents, including instructions for filers, answers to frequently asked questions, links to service providers, and a list of Illinois county Circuit Courts that are actively participating in the statewide system.
Illinois Elder Information
The Illinois Attorney General's Office offers information about legal resources available to seniors, and hotlines to report consumer fraud and abuse, neglect or exploitation of seniors.
Browse Illinois Compiled Statutes by table of contents, or select the "Search" option at the top of the page to search by keyword or Public Act name.
Illinois Legal Information
View legal Information on various topics, including family, housing, money and debt, employment, education, benefits, immigration, crime, and traffic.
Illinois Self-Help Resources
View Illinois self-help legal information on a variety of topics, including appeals, child support, attorney discipline, free and low-cost legal services, child neglect and abuse, and laws protecting military personnel.
Illinois Supreme Court Law Library
View information about the Illinois Supreme Court Law Library, including location, hours, available materials and services, research guides, and an online reference question service.
Legal aid, free services, lawyer referral
Chicago Area Free and Low Cost Legal Services
The Chicago Legal Clinic offers sliding-scale legal services based on ability to pay, and provides information the types of cases it handles, its programs and services, and free services for some matters.
Chicago Legal Programs
The Chicago Bar Association offers an attorney fee dispute resolution program, Call-A-Lawyer, a senior citizen will program, and other special programs for the public.
Cook County Consumer Protection
The Cook County State's Attorney's Office offers information about its Consumer Fraud Unit, including tips for consumers, instructions for filing a complaint, prosecution, and self-help resources.
Cook County Legal Assistance and Lawyer Referral
View information about free legal assistance available to low-income self-represented litigants in Cook County Circuit Court, including free courthouse help desks for various types of cases, free and low-cost legal aid programs, and law school clinics. View information about the In-Court Attorney Referral Program for criminal defendants who do not have an attorney when they first appear in court. View contact information for local, regional, and statewide lawyer referral programs.
Cook County Northwest Suburban Bar Association Attorney Referral
The Northwest Suburban Bar Association.offers a lawyer referral service by telephone, which includes an initial consultation with a lawyer for a nominal fee. Descriptions of various areas of the law are provided to help determine the type of lawyer you need.
Cook County Public Defender
View information about the Cook County Public Defender's Office, which provides free criminal defense services to indigent defendants, and in some juvenile, child protection, paternity, appeals, and traffic cases.
Cook County Victim Help
The Cook County State's Attorney's Office provides crime victims and witnesses with information about the court process and victims' rights, court accompaniment, case status notification, counseling, and assistance with victim impact statements and applications for victim's compensation. For details, select the links for Automated Victim Notification, Financial Assistance for Victims and Families, Victim Rights, and Victim Witness Assistance.
Chicago Area Lawyer Referral
The Chicago Bar Association offers a lawyer referral service serving Chicago and surrounding counties by telephone or online form. An initial consultation with a lawyer may be arranged for a nominal fee.
Illinois Consumer Protection
The Illinois Attorney General's Office offers information about consumer protection and various types of fraud. Complaint forms and topical publications may be downloaded.
Illinois Public Defenders
View a directory of Illinois local Public Defender offices, which provide free criminal defense services to indigent defendants.
Complaints Against Illinois Attorneys
View information about misconduct complaints against attorneys, provided by the Attorney Registration and Discipline Commission of the Supreme Court of Illinois, including instructions for filing a complaint, the effect on your legal rights, and forms.
Complaints Against Illinois Judges
View information about complaints against Illinois judges, including procedure, answers to frequently asked questions, records of complaints filed, and a downloadable complaint form.
Free Illinois Legal Answers
Income-eligible residents without a lawyer can ask civil legal questions online and receive answers from an Illinois lawyer. The service is free; registration is required.
Illinois Attorney Discipline Records
The Attorney Registration and Discipline Commission of the Supreme Court of Illinois offers an online search of attorney discipline decisions and reports., a link to recently filed decisions and complaints, and rules governing lawyers and judges.
Illinois Free and Low-Cost Legal Assistance
Search by legal problem and zip code for organizations in your area that provide free or low-cost legal services, and for additional resources and forms related to your problem.
Illinois Lawyer Referral and Directory
The Illinois State Bar Association offers a lawyer referral service by telephone and a search of member lawyers by type of practice, keyword, and name..
Search a directory of Illinois lawyers authorized to practice law, and a directory of lawyers not currently authorized to practice.
Illinois Pro Bono Legal Help
View a directory of statewide and county organizations that provide free legal assistance to income-eligible residents.