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As there may be more one source to obtaining Illinois criminal, civil and divorce records, it is important to search multiple state courts to find the correct records.

Illinois State Court Structure:

The Illinois circuit courts have exclusive civil jurisdiction (including administrative agency appeals), and small claims jurisdiction, where the amount in controversy is $2,500 and below. The circuit courts have exclusive domestic relations jurisdiction, exclusive criminal jurisdiction, exclusive traffic or other violation jurisdiction, and exclusive juvenile jurisdiction. The Illinois circuit courts hold venue to preliminary hearings. The Illinois appellate courts must hear (have "mandatory jurisdiction" over) various civil, noncapital criminal, administrative agency, juvenile, original proceedings, and interlocutory decision cases. The appellate courts may hear (have "discretionary jurisdiction" over) various civil, and interlocutory decision cases. The Illinois supreme court is the state's highest court. The supreme court has mandatory jurisdiction in various civil, capital criminal, criminal, administrative agency, juvenile, disciplinary, original proceeding, and interlocutory decision cases. It has discretionary jurisdiction in various civil, noncapital criminal, administrative agency, juvenile, certified questions from federal courts, original proceeding, interlocutory decision cases.

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Illinois Civil and Divorce Court Records
Judgments, lawsuits, dissolution of marriage, civil court cases.

Illinois Criminal Court Records
Felony, misdemeanors and traffic violations.
Illinois District Court Records
Filings in my District courthouses.
Civil, family law cases and divorces, personal injury cases, lawsuits, estate planning and probate matters.
  • Illinois Circuit Courts
    Exclusive jurisdiction for civil, small claims, domestic relations and juvenile cases. Direct weblinks to Illinois circuit court websites.

  • Citizen Self Help
    Direct weblinks to Illinois child support information, juror handbook, parents guide to juvenile court abuse and neglect proceedings and more.

  • Illinois Supreme Court
    Highest Court in the State. Direct links to supreme court justices, court rules and court dockets.

  • Illinois Appellate Courts
    Mandatory jurisdiction in civil,administrative agency, juvenile, original proceeding and interlocutory decision cases.

  • US District Court - Southern District Of Illinois
    Violations of the Constitution, federal laws, bankruptcy, admiralty and maritime cases. State law cases for disputes valued at more than $75,000 with parties the citizens of separate states.

  • US District Court - Northern District Of Illinois
    Direct weblinks to Judges, court rules, clerks office, attorney information, electronic filing information and jury information.
  • Illinois Bankruptcy Courts
    General rules and clerk contact sources. Link to free forms, use electronic filing systems and other judicial tools available to the public.

  • Illinois Judgments and Liens
    UCC searches by an individual or attorneys. Link to information for defaults, recovery, default, cases and files that can show civil judgments.
Most criminal cases are started when a prosecutor, either a district attorney (who represents a county) or the attorney general (who represents the state), files a complaint with the court.
  • Illinois Circuit Courts
    Exclusive jurisdiction for criminal, traffic and other violation cases. Search weblinks to Illinois circuit court websites.

  • Illinois Supreme Court
    Mandatory jurisdiction in capital criminal and criminal cases. Discretionary jurisdiction in noncapital criminal cases. Direct links to supreme court justices, court rules and court dockets.

  • Illinois Appellate Courts
    Mandatory jurisdiction in noncapital criminal cases. Direct weblinks to appellate court clerks and contact information. LIsting of appellate court judges.

  • US District Court - Southern District Of Illinois
    Jurisdiction as per US Congress or by operation of the US Constitution. Violations of the Constitution or federal laws, admiralty and maritime cases.

  • US District Court - Northern District Of Illinois
    Direct weblinks to Judges, court rules, clerks office, attorney information, electronic filing information and jury information. Search tools and information for listing recently filed cases, on line forms, courtroom technology and pro se litigants.
The state of Illinois legislature has divided the court system into 23 circuit courts for administrative purposes. Each circuit is made up of 1 to 12 counties, depending upon county population.
Adams County
Alexander County
Bond County
Boone County
Brown County
Bureau County
Calhoun County
Carroll County
Cass County
Champaign County
Christian County
Clark County
Clay County
Clinton County
Coles County
Cook County
Crawford County
Cumberland County
De Kalb County
DeWitt County
Douglas County
Du Page County
Edgar County
Edwards County
Effingham County
Fayette County
Ford County
Franklin County
Fulton County
Gallatin County
Greene County
Grundy County
Hamilton County
Hancock County
Hardin County
Henderson County
Henry County
Iroquois County
Jackson County
Jasper County
Jefferson County
Jersey County
Jo Daviess County
Johnson County
Kane County
Kankakee County
Kendall County
Knox County
La Salle County
Lake County
Lawrence County
Lee County
Livingston County
Logan County
Macon County
Macoupin County
Madison County
Marion County
Marshall County
Mason County
Massac County
McDonough County
McHenry County
McLean County
Menard County
Mercer County
Monroe County
Montgomery County
Morgan County
Moultrie County
Ogle County
Peoria County
Perry County
Piatt County
Pike County
Pope County
Pulaski County
Putnam County
Randolph County
Richland County
Rock Island County
Saint Clair County
Saline County
Sangamon County
Schuyler County
Scott County
Shelby County
Stark County
Stephenson County
Tazewell County
Union County
Vermilion County
Wabash County
Warren County
Washington County
Wayne County
White County
Whiteside County
Will County
Williamson County
Winnebago County
Woodford County

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