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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

Currently, the Civil Process Unit is serving all paper types.

PLEASE NOTE that in order to have your forcible evictions served, you must file an affidavit pursuant to Circuit Court GAO 2020-23 (amended 10-19-2020) with your summons and complaint. The affidavit must include the following depending on the type of forcible eviction being sought:

  • For Residential Property Evictions:  The affidavit must state the building code, health ordinance, or similar regulation violation(s) the tenant has allegedly made, or how the tenant has posed a direct threat to the health and safety of other tenants, or how the tenant poses an immediate and severe risk to property.
  • For Commercial Property Evictions:  The affidavit must describe the commercial property.

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:

https://sheriffefile.ccsheriff.org/

PHOTO ID UNIT UPDATE:

Due to our response to the COIVD-19 Pandemic, the CCSO Photo ID Unit is temporarily reducing its hours of operation. The Photo ID Unit will be open each day of each week from 9:00am to 5:00 pm in room 701 of the Daley Center until further notice. To schedule an appointment, please call 312-603-2134 or email the Photo ID Unit at:

ccso.civilprocess@ccsheriff.org

For more information on the process of obtaining a CCSO Photo ID, please email:

ccso.civilprocess@ccsheriff.org