GENERAL ORDER NO. 17.9 - Appeals in Felony Cases


The Presiding Judge of the Criminal Division shall preside over the progress of appeals in all felony cases arising from orders or judgments entered in the Criminal Division, the Domestic Violence Division, and all Municipal Districts where the appeal is initiated any time after the filing of the information or indictment;

Whenever a timely notice of appeal from an order or judgment entered in the Criminal Division is filed in open court, the trial judge shall thereafter transfer the case to the Presiding Judge of the Criminal Division to a date and time designated by the Presiding Judge for the hearing of "appeal check" cases within forty-nine (49) days of the filing of the notice of appeal;

Whenever a timely notice of appeal from an order or judgement entered in any Municipal District or in the Domestic Violence Division is filed in open court the trial judge shall set the case for hearing on a date and time designated by the Presiding Judge of the Criminal Division for the hearing of "appeal check" cases within forty-nine (49) days of the filing of the notice of appeal and shall transfer the case to his Presiding Judge for the purpose of transferring the action to the Presiding Judge of the Criminal Division;

Whenever a timely notice of appeal is filed with the Clerk of the Circuit Court of Cook County, but not in open court, the Clerk shall set the case for a hearing on a date and time designated by the Presiding Judge for the Criminal Division for the hearing of "appeal check" cases within forty-nine (49) days of the filing of the notice of appeal and shall forthwith bring the case to the Presiding Judge of the District in which the matter was tried for transfer to the Presiding Judge of the Criminal Division.

It is further ordered that all pending "appeal check" cases still not docketed in the reviewing court shall be transferred by the trial judge, in the manner as hereinbefore provided, as these "appeal check" cases appear on the court call of the trial judge, to the Presiding Judge of the Criminal Division; pending "appeal check" cases transferred to the Presiding Judge of the Criminal Division shall be set for a date and time designated for the hearing of "appeal check" cases.

It is further ordered that the second and fourth Friday of each calendar month at 11:00 a.m. are the dates and time the Presiding Judge of the Criminal Division has designated for the hearing of "appeal check" cases.

These procedures do not apply to cases where a defendant seeks only pre-trial or post-trial review of orders regarding bail or the other extraordinary remedy proceedings. However, these procedures do apply to appeals from Chapter 110, Sec. 72, Illinois Revised Statutes [735 ILCS 5/2-1401], post-conviction, and habeas corpus proceedings initiated in the trial courts.

The purpose of these procedures is to centralize and coordinate the progress of all appeals in felony cases after the filing of the information or indictment.

[Amended, effective April 19, 2010.]