Resources for Self-Represented Litigants
For Legal Information
For free legal information and legal aid referrals, please visit Illinois Legal Aid Online.
For information about civil appeals, please see the Guide for Appeals to the Illinois Appellate Court for Self-Represented Litigants.
For Illinois court forms and instructions, please visit the Illinois Supreme Court Standardized Forms.
For Case Information
For information about a pending court case, please contact your local Circuit Court Clerk.
For Attorney Referral Information
If you are looking for an attorney outside of Illinois, please visit the American Bar Association Lawyer Referral Directory.
For Free or Low Cost Legal Advice
In Chicago and Cook County, please call CARPLS at (312) 738-9200 for free or low-cost legal advice and referral information. Please note that you may have to wait for up to 20 minutes to speak with an attorney. For $25 you can schedule an appointment. Please visit the website for more information.
In Northern Illinois (outside of Cook County), please contact your local Prairie State Legal Services office.
In Southern Illinois, please contact Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance Foundation's Legal Advice and Referral Center at (618) 394-7300 or toll free at (877) 342-7891.
For E-filing Information
E-filing is mandatory in all Illinois Courts starting January 1, 2018.
For a general overview of e-filing, please review this flyer.
For information about how to successfully e-file in Odyssey File & Serve, please review these step-by-step written manuals on how to:
- Prepare your Documents
- Register to E-File
- Sign In
- Create a New Password if You Forgot It
- Add a Payment Account
- Enter Case Information
- Enter Party Information
- Upload Your Documents in the Filings Section
- Pay Fees
- Review the Summary & Submit your E-filing
There are also videos showing some steps to e-file.
Registering for a new account with Odyssey File & Serve
Signing in to your account
Creating a new password
The court knows that some people are not able to e-file. You may be excused from e-filing for a variety of reasons under Illinois Supreme Court Rule 9 including if you:
- 1) do not have internet or computer access at home
- 2) have a disability that keeps you from e-filing,
- 3) have trouble reading or speaking in English, or
- 4) are filing an order of protection or civil no contact/stalking order. To file paper documents instead of e-filing, fill out a Certification for Exemption From E-Filing and file it with your other papers.
Danielle Hirsch, Assistant Director, Civil Justice Division
Jill E. Roberts, Self-Represented Litigant Services Specialist