Help Desks in the Courthouse
Richard J. Daley Center
6th Floor, Room 602
50 West Washington Street
Chicago, IL 60602
Hours: 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, except court holidays
• Recovery of monetary damages up to $3,000
• Includes auto damage, clothing loss or damage, debt collection and tenant/landlord claims
Both plaintiffs and defendants without lawyers can receive free assistance for their cases in the Pro Se Branch of the Small Claims Court of the First Municipal District. Help includes interpreting and filling out court documents, and providing information on required court fees and on how to follow orders entered by the court.
Staff does not provide legal advice.
The Pro Se Filing Desk is administered by the Office of the Chief Judge of the Circuit Court of Cook County.
Guidebook: How to Initiate a Lawsuit in the Pro Se Branch of Small Claims Court
Glossary of Legal Terms Illinois Supreme Court