GENERAL ORDER NO. 25 - Collection of Fines, Fees and Costs


Effective immediately, the Clerk of the Circuit Court of Cook County shall accept partial payments from defendants of the fines, fees, costs, reimbursements and other monetary penalties ordered by the court in matters involving criminal and non-traffic quasi-criminal offenses. Effective January 1, 2005, the Clerk of the Circuit Court of Cook County shall also accept partial payments from defendants of the fines, fees, costs, reimbursements and other monetary penalties ordered by the court in all matters involving traffic offenses. The Clerk of the Circuit Court of Cook County shall continue to accept full payment from defendants in all matters involving criminal, quasi-criminal, traffic and non-traffic quasi-criminal offenses.

The Clerk of the Circuit Court of Cook County shall accept partial payments of fines, fees, costs, reimbursements and other monetary penalties without being specifically so directed by the court.

Effective immediately, whenever in a felony, traffic, misdemeanor, municipal ordinance, or conservation case, after a finding of guilty, whether by stipulation to the facts, plea of guilty or conviction after trial, and after entry of judgment on the finding the defendant is granted court supervision or probation or is assessed a fine, there shall be assessed against the defendant two additional fees of $15.00 each, designated as a Court Automation Fee and a Document Storage Fee. These fees are over and above any other amount assessed by the Court as a fine, cost or fee in its judgment order and shall be added on and collected by the Clerk of the Circuit Court.

[Amended, effective April 6, 2006.]