The Civil Division of Court Services is responsible for the processing, service, and enforcement of circuit court orders through three operational units: Civil Process Unit, Evictions and Levy & Warrant Unit. The Civil Process Unit distributes protective orders and other legal documents filed with the Sheriff’s Department throughout Cook County. The Eviction, Levy & Warrant Units, on the other hand, enforces orders received from the circuit court. While the Levy Unit seizes and disposes of personal property, the Eviction Unit removes people in unlawful possession of property and the Warrant Unit locates and apprehends subjects of civil warrants (body attachments).
COVID-19 Civil Process Services Statement
The Cook County Sheriff’s Civil Process Unit is still accepting requests for service of all paper types. We ask that you utilize the Cook County Sheriff’s e-file portal for requesting all service requests. You can access the e-file portal at the following link:
Please be advised that due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and to assure the safety of the public, the Civil Process Unit is only making attempts on the following paper types:
- Orders of Protection
- Any process deemed “emergency” by the presiding judge
All other document types will be held until further information pertaining to the COVID-19 pandemic is available and a decision is made to begin attempting services of other paper types.
Facing an Eviction?
Eviction Schedule Social Service Connector – A directory of social service organizations that may be useful when facing an eviction Eviction Procedure – Property Owner’s Guide Eviction Procedure – Tenant’s Guide
Service of Process
Can the Cook County Sheriff’s Office give me advice? While the Sheriff’s Office cannot offer legal advice, we can provide information about Service of Process policies and procedures and give advice increase service efficiency. For any other questions or legal advice, contact a licensed attorney or Legal Aid foundations. How do I start my Service of Process? Start your Service of Process at the Clerk of the Circuit Court. The clerk has one office at every courthouse and multiple at the Richard J. Daley Center, where the nature of your case determines where you should file the process. Find out where to begin by visiting the clerk’s website at http://www.cookcountyclerkofcourt.org/ . What paperwork will I need for the Cook County Sheriff’s Office to perform a Service of Process? The Document Requirements page lists the paperwork you need depending on the type of filing. Bring numerous copies of paperwork with you, including a set for each defendant, given that the availability of a photocopier is limited. Click here to see the document requirements for the Sheriff’s Office, Civil Division How much does it cost for a Service of Process? The Service of Process fee is $60 per service, per defendant. Counter Service in the Sheriff’s Civil Process Unit Office is available in probate cases when the party being served is in agreement and present at the time of filing. Counter service is $50.00 per service, per defendant. Re-filing an Order for Possession costs $60.00. If needed, an eviction post card is 50 cents, bringing the total to $60.50. Check, money order, credit card, debit card or pre-paid debit card are all acceptable payment methods, excluding cash and temporary checks. Credit card, debit card and pre-paid debit card transactions incur a standard processing fee. What if my case requires the appearance of the defendant? If the appearance of the defendant is required, include the date, time and court information. All summonses, subpoenas and court orders require a file stamp from the clerk of the circuit court. Before leaving the clerk’s office, verify that the date, time and court are accurate. What if I have questions about my Service of Process? The sheriff’s office ability to assist is limited to the policies and procedures regarding the service and execution of civil process, not legal advice. Always keep your receipt in case you need to check the status of your service, refunds or need any other information about your case. If you contact the sheriff’s office, have your receipt with the case number and reference number in hand. You can contact the sheriff’s office by calling:
- Richard J. Daley Center – 312-603-3365 (9 a.m. – 5 p.m.)
- Skokie Courthouse -847-470-7558 (9 a.m. – 6 p.m.)
- Rolling Meadows Courthouse – 847-818-2097 (9 a.m. – 6 p.m.)
- Maywood Courthouse – 708-865-6034 (9 a.m. – 6 p.m.)
- Markham Courthouse -708-232-4429 (9 a.m. – 6 p.m.)
What can I do to facilitate the process? Include as many details as possible when the sheriff’s office asks you about the address, property and defendant to increase the likelihood the process will be serviced. Examples:
- Jane Doe works from 2 to 5 o’clock everyday so the best time to serve her is in the morning.
- The deputy can call the residential office/doorman/handy man etc. at 555-555-555 to be allowed in building.
- The defendant has a history of evading Service of Process.
- Include the apartment, unit or suite number so the deputy knows exactly where to go, e.g., 110 E. Washington Ave., Unit 305
- Inaccurate information in the address can result in a delay or inability to complete the Service of Process; always include the zip code and street direction (when applicable)
- List known safety hazards; for example, dangerous animals live on the premises or criminal behavior is suspected
- If serving someone in a gated community, facilitate arrangements to ensure deputy’s entry
How do I cancel a Service of Process? A plaintiff must bring a written letter requesting the cancellation of their Service of Process in person, present a valid photo identification and a copy of the receipt issued by the sheriff’s office (not the clerk of the circuit court). Cancellations will only be accepted from the plaintiff and attorney of record. For verification purposes, attorneys must submit their written request to cancel a Service of Process on office letterhead either in-person or via fax to 312-603-5769. How can I request a refund? Requests for a refund can only be made in writing and sent to: Richard J. Daley Center Civil Process Unit 50 W Washington St., Room 701 Chicago, IL 60602 Include a copy of a state-issued identification and a copy of the receipt issued from the sheriff’s office (not the clerk of the circuit court). Keep your receipt to check the status of your refund. Refund requests are considered on a case by case basis. For more information, contact our office at any phone number listed above. How do I check the status of my service of process? Have your receipt on hand. Refer to the date listed under “Check on service after __/__/____.” If the date has passed, with the case number or sheriff’s number, you can check the status of your service at https://civilprocess.ccsheriff.org/. At the top, you can also refer to the phone number or address of the office where you filed your service of process. Locate the reference number before calling. How do I file a Petition for Tax Deed with the sheriff’s office? Following these Tax Deed Filing Procedures will expedite the service:
- Each case must be attached individually with all the take notices included.
- Postcards must be attached to the corresponding case number, preferably in the order of the Sheriff Rider. Bulk postcards will NOT be accepted.
- Certified mail labels must be attached with the matching case number. The label must include the defendant’s address, information and case number.
- Attach the Petitions for Tax Deed with the corresponding case number and indicate the services requiring the petition on the Sheriff Rider.
- Secretary of State (“SOS”) checks and duplicate filled-out SOS Affidavit of Compliance forms must be attached with the corresponding case number; indicate the services requiring the check and check amount on the Sheriff Rider.
If you have any questions or concerns, contact the Tax Deed Department at 312-603-5356. What is the mailing address for the Sheriff’s Civil Division? Cook County Sheriff’s Office Civil Process Unit Richard J. Daley Center 50 W. Washington Street, Room 701 Chicago, IL 60602-3002
Serving Warrants The Sheriff’s Office Civil Division has two types of warrants (or body attachments): Criminal and Civil. Civil Body Attachments Civil body attachments are normally issued to defendants charged with Contempt of Court and are executed by the Civil Division Warrant Unit. Civil body attachments are filed at the Daley Center, located at 50 W. Washington St., Room 701, in Chicago, IL. A person filing to service a body attachment must present two certified copies of the order, a Warrant Unit information sheet, and pay $60. Criminal Body Attachments Criminal Body Attachments are issued from the State’s Attorney’s Office (28 N. Clark) and often originate from failure to pay court ordered child support. The Child Support Enforcement Unit services criminal body attachments.
Serving Orders of Protection
The Cook County State’s Attorney, Clerk of the Circuit Court’s Office or the petitioner themselves can submit a protective order to be serviced by the Sheriff’s Office Civil Division at no cost. No Contact Orders and Orders of Protection are serviced identically and either can be filed with the Civil Division at any Cook County suburban courthouse or at the Richard J. Daley Center (50 W. Washington St., Room 701, in Chicago). Include the respondent’s valid address and correct zip code to ensure proper service. To provide additional information that will assist the sheriff’s office in serving your Protective Order please contact us at any of the following numbers: Daley Center – 312-603-2134 (Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.)* Skokie Courthouse – 847- 470-7354 (Monday through Friday from 9 am to 6 p.m.)* *Have the name, case number or sheriff’s number and the respondent’s name available. Supervisors are available until after 10 p.m., 7 days a week (excluding holidays) at the Skokie and Bridgeview offices. If you call outside the service hours, leave a detailed voicemail and callback number. Additional contact and service information may be found on the Cook County Sheriff’s Court Services Department website at http://twww.cookcountysheriff.org/courts/courtroom-services/
Enforcing a Levy or Replevin
The Levy Unit of the Sheriff’s Office Civil Division enforces Levies, Replevin and other related orders. Orders are filed at the Daley Center, 50 W. Washington St., Room 701, Chicago, IL, and costs $70 per service. Required items for their respective order:
- 3 Certified Copies of the Judgment Order.
- Detinue Judgment:
- 3 certified copies of the order
- 3 Replevin Bonds (original, duplicate original, photocopy)
- 1 certified copy of the order and complaints for each defendant being served/li>
- 1 extra certified copy of the order to make a return of service to the clerk
- 3 Replevin Bonds
- Lein on Chattel:
- 1 certified copy of the recorded copy
- 3 photocopies of the certified copy, bearing marks of certification and recording (each copy must be a certified true copy)
- 4 itemized copies of bill of particulars (expanded labor, skill, repair and/or storage); one copy must be certified as true and accurate
- 1 notarized copy of an affidavit
- 3 surety bonds
- Order for Attachment:
- 3 certified copies of the order for attachment
- 1 certified copy of the order for each defendant/garnishee being served
- 1 extra certified copy of the order to make a return of service to the clerk
- A copy of the complaint/interrogatories for each defendant/garnishee being served
- 3 attachment bonds (original, duplicate original, photocopy)(set by judge)
- Distress for Rent:
- 3 certified copies of the distress warrants
- 3 copies of the complaint
- 3 copies of the inventory
- Seizure Warrant:
- 4 copies of the seizure warrant
FAQ- Sheriff’s Foreclosure Website
Q: Where are the Sheriff Sales Held?
A: The sheriff sales are held Monday through Friday – excluding holidays – at 1 p.m. at the Daley Center, Lower Level Room 06, 50 W. Washington, Chicago, IL 60602
Q: What are the Terms and Conditions of the Sale?
A: 10% down of the final bid must be paid at time of sale. The remaining balance is due within 24 hours, and must be paid via certified check or cashier’s check.
Q: Does the sale need to be approved by a judge?
A: Yes. The attorney for the plaintiff must file a motion to approve the sale, which must then be granted by a judge.
Q: What documents does the plaintiff need to provide the sheriff’s office after the sale so it can be approved?
A: After the total sale price has been paid the purchaser, the attorney for the plaintiff will provide the following items to the sheriff’s office to be executed: Report of Sale, Certificate of Sale, and Receipt of Sale. After the documents are executed by the sheriff’s office, the plaintiff’s attorney must then present the documents to the judge. Plaintiff’s attorneys are asked to please ensure that the documents are brought to the sheriff’s office to be executed at least 4 days prior to the scheduled court date.
Q: Does the sheriff charge the plaintiff a commission a sale of property?
A: Yes. The fee for conducting a sale is $265.00 per property.
Q: If the judge does not approve the sale, will the purchaser be refunded the sale price?
A: Yes. The purchaser can obtain a court order to receive their funds back.
Q: How do I receive a deed?
A: After the Sale has been approved by the court, the purchase may then prepare the deed for execution by the sheriff. The sheriff’s fee for execution of the deed is $15.00. The purchaser is responsible for recording the deed with the Cook County Recorder of Deeds Office.
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