Information for Judges about Resources* for Self Represented Litigants 

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Approved Statewide Forms
All Illinois Courts must accept these forms

E-File Court Documents
Link to Odyssey Court e-file system + a step by step Guide that walks the Court user through the e-file processing system.

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Attend Court Remotely
Links to assist Court users to access Court remotely
Written instructions
Video demonstration

Get Legal Help
Links to resources, lawyer referral services, Court staff, Legal Self Help Centers Live Chats and Cook County Court information Helplines

Other Questions -Resources provided by ACCESS to JUSTICE for 
persons representing themselves, do not speak English well or have a disability.

Appeal a Case

Watch the below videos on the ethical responsibilities of judges and important resources available to self-represented litigants. 

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Check with your court's website to see if you can appear remotely

All judicial circuits have self-help legal centers for people without lawyers

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The Illinois Judges Association (IJA) launched a series of two-minute educational videos designed to inform the public about the roles and responsibilities of judges. These videos can also be found on IJA's YouTube page 

The Illinois Judges Association (IJA) is excited to share its latest series of informational videos designed to educate the public about the highly-publicized and much-anticipated changes brought about by the implementation of the Pretrial Fairness Act (also known as the SAFE-T Act) and the elimination of cash bond in Illinois. Click on the below links to view the videos.

Illinois Judges Can No Longer Require Any Cash Bond

Permissible Pretrial Release Conditions Other Than Cash Bond

An Arrestee’s Rights in First Appearance Court

*Court can copy the links listed and paste them into Zoom Chat or a Court order entered on the case.