How Many Courts Are There?

Nearly all of our practice is in the Circuit Court of Cook County. (See Circuit Court of Cook County for complete details.)
There are 3 departments:

County Department

There are 8 Divisions:

Chancery Division

Chancery Division
The Chancery Division hears matters concerning:

  • injunctions
  • class actions
  • mortgage foreclosures
  • name changes
  • declaratory judgments
  • contract matters
  • creditors’ rights
  • liens
  • construction of wills and trusts
  • trusteeships
  • receiverships
  • dissolutions of partnerships and corporations
  • statutory and administrative reviews
  • vehicle impoundment

County Division

County division
The County Division hears matters concerning:

  • adoption
  • marriage of minors
  • annexation and deannexation of land to a tax body
  • elections
  • inheritance taxes
  • mental health proceedings
  • real estate taxes
  • municipal organizations
  • orders of protection filed in conjunction with a mental health proceeding

Criminal Division

Criminal Division
The Criminal Division hears cases in which the state alleges the commission of a serious criminal act such as:

  • armed robbery
  • assault
  • burglary
  • criminal sexual assault
  • murder

Domestic Relations Division

Domestic relations court
The Domestic Relations Division hears matters concerning:

  • dissolution of marriage (formerly divorce)
  • dissolution of civil union
  • legal separation
  • invalidity of marriage or civil union
  • civil orders of protection filed in conjunction with a domestic relations proceeding
  • child support
  • child custody and visitation
  • parentage
  • enforcement and modification of previously entered judgments in these matters

Domestic Violence Division

Domestic Violence
The Domestic Violence Division hears matters concerning:

  • civil orders of protection
  • criminal actions involving relationships defined by the Illinois Domestic Violence Act including:
  • all matters through the preliminary hearing or indictment in which the most serious offense charged is a Class 1, 2, or 3 felony
  • Class 4 felonies
  • misdemeanors
  • aggravated stalking
  • civil no contact orders
  • stalking no contact orders

The Elder Law and Miscellaneous Remedies Division

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Law Division

Law Division
The Law Division hears civil suits for recovery of monetary damages in excess of $30,000 in Chicago and in excess of $100,000 in the court’s five (5) suburban municipal districts, as well as many types of administrative reviews.

  • personal injury/wrongful death
  • motor vehicle injury
  • medical malpractice
  • legal malpractice
  • product liability
  • intentional tort
  • construction injuries
  • commercial litigation
  • fraud
  • breach of contract
  • breach of warranty
  • employment security
  • property damage
  • premises liability
  • miscellaneous remedies

Probate Division

probate court
The Probate Division hears matters concerning wills and administration of estates.
Cases heard include:

  • probate and contest of wills and testamentary instruments
  • claims against an estate arising in contract, tort or otherwise
  • administration of estates of decedents, disabled persons, minors and wards
  • contracts to make a will
  • construction of wills
  • actions arising under the Illinois Power of Attorney Act
  • orders of protection filed in conjunction with a probate proceeding

Juvenile Justice and Child Protection Department

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Municipal Department

First Municipal District

The First Municipal District is divided into the following areas according to case types:

  • Civil Section
  • Felony Preliminary Hearing Section
  • Eviction Court (Forcible Entry and Detainer Section)
  • Housing Section
  • Mandatory Arbitration
  • Marriage and Civil Union Court
  • Misdemeanor Section
  • Traffic Section
  • Bond Court

Fourth Municipal District

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