Cook County has released a eFiling Quick Reference Guide to help with the filing process. Please see below for some general information, and check back frequently for updates.
INITIATING A NEW CASE
In the “Location” drop-down menu, select Cook County, the Division, and the District (1-6) where your case will be filed (Example: Cook County – Domestic Relations-District 3 – Rolling Meadows). In the “Category” field, re-select the Division where the case is being filed; then in the “Case Type” field, choose the specific case type being filed (Example: “Legal Separation”).
FILING NEW CASES and SUBSEQUENT FILINGS
COOK COUNTY ATTORNEYS
Cook County attorneys must input a Cook County Attorney Code number in the “Case Cross Reference Number” field in Section 1. Select “Cook County Attorney Code” in the drop down menu, and then add your number in the Code/Value box to the right.
Self-represented litigants must type the number: 99500 in the “Case Cross Reference Number” field in Section 1. Select “Cook County Attorney Code” in the drop down menu, and then add your number in the Code/Value box to the right.
FILING MULTIPLE DOCUMENTS
Multiple documents with the same case number may be filed in the same transaction, however, each document must be a separate PDF and must be individually uploaded. Select your specific type of filing from the options found in the “Filing Code” field; upload your document; click “Save Changes.” To add an additional document, click “Add Another Filing” and repeat the previous steps.
FILING A NEW CASE – CIVIL DIVISION
When the case requires a Return Date, a date must be selected from the pop-up calendar. If you are not sure if a return date is required, click “Validate”; if a return date is required the system will provide you with the first available return date. If a return date is not required the system will place a check in the “Return Date Not Applicable” box.
FILING INTO AN EXISTING CASE and/or FILING AN APPEARANCE
ENTERING THE CASE NUMBER
To add a Cook County case to your account you need to make sure you select the correct court and format your case number correctly. This article will ensure you find your case the first time.
SCHEDULING MOTIONS IN DOMESTIC RELATIONS, PROBATE, CHANCERY and LAW DIVISION (Calendar 4 and M1 only)
Use the “Case Cross Reference Number” field to schedule Motions in Domestic Relations, Probate, Chancery and Law (Calendar 4 and M1 only) divisions. To schedule a motion, select the type of motion you are filing from the drop-down menu, and then type the word “Motion” in the “Code / Value field.
FILING INTO AN EXISTING CASE in CIVIL and LAW DIVISIONS
In the Civil and Law divisions, the Hearing box may display dates when filing into an existing case. DO NOT choose a Hearing date unless the filing requires it. If you need to know whether a Hearing date is required, call the division or suburban district where the case is being heard or check the Clerk’s Office’s website: www.cookcountyclerkofcourt.org
SCHEDULING MOTIONS FOR POST JUDGMENT CASES – CIVIL DISTRICTS 1-6
To get a court date for post judgment cases in Civil Municipal Districts 1-6 you must select “Return Date” from the drop-down menu.