About Circuit Court Clerk
The Office of the Clerk of the Circuit Court is a Constitutional Office. While the Clerk is Elected on a County wide basis, it is not a county office as defined by the Illinois Constitution. It is a non-judicial office of the Judicial Branch of State government. The duties are set forth by Statute, Rules of the Supreme Court and Administrative Orders of the local Circuit Court.
The Clerk is required to attend all sessions of Court, keep and preserve all records and files of the Court, issue process as required by law, and is the Keeper of the Seal of the Court.
The Circuit Court, under the Illinois Constitution, is the trial level court. It handles every type of case from a parking ticket to a murder case, from Small Claims to a multi-million dollar personal injury suit, and from adoption to the probate of an estate. Currently, DuPage County, the second largest courts system in the state, has fifteen (15) Circuit Judges and twenty-six (26) associates. The Circuit Court Clerk's Office accepts over 320,000 new case filings each year which are heard in the designated court rooms at the Judicial Center and at five satellite locations.