Illinois Court Records

Illinois court records

The Illinois Supreme Court Library provides access to thousands of volumes of Illinois court records in person and online. This library is physically located in Springfield, and serves the Supreme Court justices and local judiciary and law students, as well as the general public.

Many of these Illinois court records are required for case histories and writing opinions, and past cases from trial and appellate courts can be researched there. The general public is also often interested in court forms, rules and other publications that can be utilized when representing themselves in the court of law.

The state’s law library was established by its constitution and now shares a home with the Illinois Supreme Court.

History of Illinois Court Records

In 1842, the Illinois Supreme Court Library was founded. In 1908, it was moved to Springfield, sharing space in the Supreme Court Building. Its main mission is providing legal and research support to the judiciary, though government officials and the general public can also access its volumes of information. The library also maintains a private branch in Chicago for the strict use of the First District Appellate Court and Supreme Court in Chicago.

Illinois Court Records Availability

There are more than 100,000 Illinois court records available for review in the Illinois Supreme Court Library. More than 350 legal periodicals are also maintained there, and it provides access to federal and state documents and statutes, court case digests, treaties and court forms and rules. These records are frequently used by legal professionals and justices to research past cases and establish constitutionality in a decision. Most of the volumes are searchable online, though it does not lend them to the general public.

Main Court Information

The Illinois Supreme Court is the court of last resort in the state, hearing appeals from lower courts and reviewing their decisions. Justices are elected to their seats for a 10-year term, and there are currently seven justices serving the court. The court meets in Springfield on the second Monday of September, November, January, March and May. When court isn’t in session, justices are conducting research at the Illinois Supreme Court Library to write opinions and gather legal background on the cases at hand.

The Illinois Supreme Court establishes rules of the state’s judicial system, and exercises discretionary jurisdiction over appeals from the Illinois Appellate Court. Other cases it decides include those regarding revenue, mandamus, prohibition and habeas corpus.

Caseload Statistics

Caseloads for the Illinois Supreme Court tend to average in the few thousands each year. In 2007, there were 2,836 filings and 2,962 dispositions. In 2013, there were 2,671 filings and 2,627 dispositions. In 2010, there were 3,014 filings and 2,922 dispositions, which is the highest number of filings reported in recent years.

Illinois Court Structure

Illinois Court Statistics

Illinois Courts receive 2,958,693 filings per year. In 2012, the court received 3,329,671 filings and gave 3,485,445 dispositions. In 2016, the state court caseload counted 2,560,982 filings and had 2,607,073 outgoing cases.

Family Court Cases

Domestic relations caseload of Illinois at year end of 2016 has decreased by 5.3% compared to the last 5 years, in 2012 the number of incoming cases have been 149,602 with a rate of 1,162 cases per 100000 population, lower than it’s in 2016.

Domestic Relations Clearance Rates

States with More & Less Domestic Relation Caseloads than Illinois

More Domestic Relations Cases than Illinois:
State: Caseload:
New York570,709
Less Domestic Relations Cases than Illinois:
State: Caseload:
North Carolina121,737

Illinois Criminal Caseloads

The number of criminal cases in Illinois counts 286,567 with 77,849 felony cases and 208,718 misdemeanors accordingly.

State Civil Caseload & Clearance Rates

In the last 5 years the number of civil cases has decreased by 125,229 cases, it went from 579,040 to 453,811 with clearance rates of 128% and 127% accordingly.

Small Claims Caseloads & Rates

Caseload: Per 100K Population: Percent of Total Caseload: Max Limit in $:
142,895 1,116 31.0% $10,000

Illinois Court Locations

State Court Holidays

Holiday: Date:
New Year's Day Monday, January 1, 2018
Martin Luther King, Jr. DayMonday, January 15, 2018
Lincoln's BirthdayMonday, February 12, 2018
Washington's Birthday (Obsvd.)Monday, February 19, 2018
Memorial DayMonday, May28, 2018
Independence DayWednesday, July 4, 2018
Labor Day Monday, September 3, 2018
Columbus Day (Obsvd.)Monday, October 8, 2018
Veterans' Day (Obsvd.)Monday, November 12, 2018
Thanksgiving Day Thursday, November 22, 2018
Day Following Thanksgiving DayFriday, November 23, 2018
Christmas Day Tuesday, December 25, 2018

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