Domestic Violence Courthouse

General Information

For information on your court case in the Domestic Violence courthouse, you can contact the Clerk of the Circuit Court:

Contact Information
Hon. Judith C. Rice, Acting Presiding Judge
Office of the Presiding Judge, Domestic Violence Courthouse
Phone (312) 325-9000

Parking and Directions

There are a number of PAID public parking lots within walking distance of the Courthouse. 

Public Transportation:
CTA Blue Line: Clinton stop nearby
CTA Buses: 60 & 7 stop nearby
Metra Stations: Ogilvie and Union Stations are each a short walk away

Location Hours 

    Regular Business Hours

    Regular in-person hours: 
    Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

    Regular remote court hours: 
    Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.

    After Regular Business Hours

    After-Hours Remote Hearing for a Civil Emergency Order of Protection (EOP):

    For Domestic Violence Advocacy, Assistance with After-Hours Hearings, or Information about a Criminal Order of Protection - Please call CAWC's 24-hour hotline at (773) 278-4566 

    Additional Information

      For the Domestic Violence Division Courthouse, which serves the First Municipal District, the following Accessibility Services are available:

      • Wheel Chair – Each entrance to the courthouse has an accessible door. If you find that you are in need of a wheelchair after arriving at the building, please ask any Sheriff’s Deputy and they will assist you in obtaining one. 
      • Hearing Assistance – Hearing amplification is available in all courtrooms. Upon arrival at the courtroom, tell any of the courtroom personnel and they will arrange it for you.
      • Sign Language Interpreter - Sign language interpreters can be provided through Deaf and Hard of Hearing Access Services.
      • Service Dogs – Service dogs are always allowed in the courthouse. 
      • Other – If you are in need of any accessibility assistance while you are at the courthouse, please tell a Sheriff’s Deputy. If you require any additional information before your court date, please contact Accessibility Services or call the Presiding Judge’s Office at (312) 325-9000 and personnel can assist you.

      The Domestic Violence Courthouse Children's Room is located in Room 099. This facility accepts children between the ages of infant and 16. For more information, please call (312) 325-9110.

      The Circuit Court of Cook County provides Lactation Rooms for nursing parents who are visiting our courthouses. Room 1700 is designated as the Lactation Room at this location. 

      Note for Jurors: Nursing parents who are called for jury duty can request access to a private space, upon their arrival to the Jury Assembly Room, in any court location. The Office of Jury Administration staff will direct individuals to these spaces upon request.

      The Interpreter Services Office within the Domestic Violence Courthouse is located in Room 3100 and can be contacted at (312) 325-9185. Foreign Language Interpreters are available upon request. 

      If you require an American Sign Language interpreter, please contact Deaf and Hard of Hearing Access Services.

      Request a transcript of certain court proceedings from the Official Court Reporters.

      The Domestic Violence Courthouse opened in 2005, located at 555 West Harrison Street in Chicago. The courthouse is an environmentally friendly building that was awarded the Silver LEEDS Certification in 2007. 

      Safety was foremost in the design of the Courthouse, which features:

      • victim-only elevators
      • secured victim waiting rooms for each courtroom
      • a safe and supportive environment in which to complete court documents
      • a screening area for litigants to speak to the Assistant States Attorneys in private
      • a secure childcare area

      Building Directory

        Department or Room NameRoom NumberPhone Number
        Children's RoomRoom 1400(312) 325-9110
        Clerk of the Circuit CourtRoom 1100(312) 325-9500
        DV Advocate for Senior CitizensRoom 1500(312) 325-9005
        Domestic Violence Legal ClinicRoom 1900(312) 325-9155
        Pro se Assistance and Screening RoomRoom 1400N/A
        Sheriff’s OfficeRoom 1005(312) 325-9359
        Department or Room NameRoom NumberPhone Number
        Courtroom 201Room 201N/A
        Courtroom 202Room 202N/A
        Chicago Police Department Check-inRoom 2100N/A
        Domestic Violence AdvocatesRoom 2200N/A
        Family RescueRoom 2200(312) 325-9300
        Metropolitan Family Services, 
        Jane Adams DV Court Advocacy Program
        Room 2200(312) 325-9175
        Jury AssemblyRoom 2600N/A
        State’s Attorney’s OfficeRoom 2700(312) 325-9200
        Public lounge area, including 
        vending machines and public phones
        Room 2010N/A
        Department or Room NameRoom NumberPhone Number
        Courtroom 301Room 301N/A
        Courtroom 302Room 302N/A
        Courtroom 303Room 303N/A
        Courtroom 304Room 304N/A
        Adult ProbationRoom 3100(312) 325-9050
        Interpreters ServicesRoom 3100N/A
        Social ServiceRoom 3300(312) 325-9125
        Department or Room NameRoom NumberPhone Number
        Courtroom 401Room 401N/A
        Courtroom 402Room 402N/A
        Courtroom 403Room 403N/A
        Courtroom 404Room 404N/A
        Official Court ReportersRoom 4200(312) 325-9101
        Presiding Judge’s OfficeRoom 4400(312) 325-9000
        Public DefenderRoom 4800(312) 325-9400