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Cook County Court Sysytem

The Circuit Court of Cook County is not only the largest of the 22 circuits in Illinois, it is also one of the largest unified court systems in the world. It was created by a 1964 amendment to the Illinois Constitution which reorganized the courts of our state. The amendment effectively merged the often confusing and overlapping jurisdictions of Cook County's 161 courts into one uniform and cohesive court of general jurisdiction.

Circuit Court of Cook County/ Office of the Chief Judge

Clerk of Court Operating Divisions

Division/District Information

All Daley Center offices are open:  Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Suburban District offices are open:  Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.



Court Rules and Orders

Guide to the Criminal Justice System | Public Defender

Pro Se/Self Help Center | Clerk of Court

Advice Desks for Pro Se Defendants (those defending themselves)



Obtain copies of court records

Research archives of court records

Search online case information



Cook County State's Attorney's Office  --   Cook County State's Attorney's Office is the second largest prosecutor's office in the nation, second only to Los Angeles County. The Assistant State’s Attorneys in the Office prosecute all misdemeanor and felony crimes committed in Cook County. The Office is divided into seven bureaus: Criminal Prosecutions, Juvenile Justice, Narcotics, Special Prosecutions, Civil Actions, Investigations and Administrative Services.


Public Defender, Law Office of

The Public Defender is appointed by the judge when an individual is not able to afford an attorney (55 ILCS 5/3-4006). A Public Defender should be available to individuals at the time of the first court appearance. The Public Defender provides legal representation in the areas of criminal, misdemeanor, juvenile justice, child protection, paternity, appeals, post-conviction and traffic cases.




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