If you or someone in your family has a criminal court case in Cook County, here's what you should know
If you are charged with a criminal offense, you will be required to appear in court for any hearings or proceedings, including status dates.
If you are out on a bond, either a D Bond (one for which you had to post money) or and I-Bond (one for which you are released on your signature), you have received a bond slip. On any bond slip you receive, the date and location of your next required court appearance will be listed in the bottom right hand side of the paper. Failure to appear at that time will very likely result in a warrant for your arrest. If such a warrant is issued, not only can any law enforcement officer place you in immediate custody, but you are likely to lose forever any money you posted to secure your release on bond.
If you don't know your next court date, it is YOUR RESPONSIBILITY to learn it before the date passes.
In order to find out when your court date is, contact the Clerk of the Circuit Court of Cook County. Below is the contact information:
General Contact Information
312-674-3140 For cases pending at the Leighton Criminal Courthouse, 26th and California
312-603-6300 For Domestic Battery Misdemeanor Charges at 555 W. Harrison
312-433-6868 for Child Guardianship cases at the Juvenile Court Building
312-433-4941 for Delinquency cases at the Juvenile Court Building
312-433-4941 for all traffic matters in the City of Chicago
847.470.7250 for cases pending at the Skokie Courthouse
847.818.3000 For cases pending at the Rolling Meadows Courthouse
708.865.6040 For cases pending at the Maywood Courthouse
708.974.6500 For cases pending at the Bridgeview Courthouse
708.232.4551 For cases pending at the Markham Courthouse
If you are on bond, please make sure that you are aware of all of the conditions of that bond. Some conditions could include a curfew, a period of confinement to your home, or an order to stay away from a particular person or place. Failure to comply with conditions of bond could not only result in a revocation of that bond, placing you back in custody until your case is complete, but also a new criminal charge.
When you have a pending criminal matter in Cook County, coming to court each time you are scheduled and complying with all court ordered conditions of bond is the best way to limit your chances of spending time in the Cook County Jail.