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Lake County, Illinois

 

noteDon't forget to check the sex offender web sites.

Lake County Sex Offenders List

Illinois Registered Sex Offenders

The civil and criminal records are located at the Clerk of Circuit Courts, 18 N. County, Waukegan 847-360-6600.  Enter from Washington Street.

You will have to pass a security checkpoint, so you may want to leave any nonessentials outside.  Knives, scissors or any item that might be used as a weapon will be confiscated by security personnel.  Follow the steps to the basement.  There are several computer terminals available for your use; some on the right, and others in the Viewing Room.  Each terminal is marked CRIMINAL/CIVIL.

Computer Terminal Tips

If you know the case number,  select CRIMINAL..SYNOPSIS (01) or CIVIL SYNOPSIS (02); then enter the case number on the command line (===>) and press CTRL.

note:  when entering the case number, omit the zeroes that follow the prefix.  for example, 97LM0000356 becomes 97LM356.

MAIN MENU

SELECTION 

|ITEM  FUNCTION  DESCRIPTION

  01   CS        CRIMINAL, TRAFFIC & JD CASE SYNOPSIS

  02   CVS       CIVIL SYNOPSIS SCREEN

  03   CHNMQ     QUERY CHARGES AND DISP BY NAME

  04   MJ        MONEY JUDGMENT MENU

  05   MQ        MINUTES QUERY

  06   SEEK      SEARCH FOR CASE NUMBERS

  07   SEEKS     SEARCH FOR CASE NUMBERS (SUBTYPE)

  08   CASE      CASE MENU

  09   PARTYS    PARTY/ATTORNEY INFORMATION MENU

===>_______________________________________________________

F1-HELP     F3-EXIT

To search by a person's name, from the Main Menu, select SEEK (06) or SEEKS (07)  and press CTRL.

Enter the person's last and first names in the fields provided, and press CTRL (Use any of the arrow keys (, , , , ) to navigate around the screen).

BC0 3SEEK           SEARCH FOR CASE NUMBER (AND SUBTYPE)           MM/DD/YY

ENTER DETAILS TO FIND THE CASE AND/OR PERSON

CASE NUMBER#___________________  GROUP___   TYPE___   SUBTYPE_

PARTY NUMBER________                        PARTY ROLE___

FILED DATE_____-_____

BRANCH_____

SOCIAL SECURITY#____________________  DL#____________________  STATE__

CITATION NUMBER________________________  ARREST AGENCY________

BUSINESS

      OR LAST NAME______________________________________________

FIRST NAME_____________________

NAME CATEGORY P                   (P)ERSON,   (B)USINESS,   (S)TATE

PHONETIC?_

DATE OF BIRTH_______________   A/J_   SEX_   RACE____

===>_____________________________________________________________

F1-HELP   F3-EXIT   F4-PROMPT   F5-REFRESH

             F9-GOTO                            F12-CANCEL

The screen lists the court file number (i.e. 97LM0000356), names of plaintiff and defendant, dates, etc.  The first two digits of the file number represent the year.  The next two characters (LM in our example) indicate the criminal or civil category.  Here are some possible categories:

CODE EXPLANATION CODE EXPLANATION
  AD   Adoption   LM   Law Magistrate (evictions)
  AR   Arbitration   MC   Municipal Corporaton
  CF   Criminal Felony   MH   Mental Health
  CH  Chancery (foreclosure)   MR   Miscellaneous Remedy
  CM  Criminal Misdemeanor   OP   Order of Protection
   D    Divorce   OV   Ordinance Violation
  ED  Eminent Domain    P     Probate
   F    Family   SC   Small Claims
   L    Law   TX   Tax
 
SEEK(S)            SEARCH FOR CASE NUMBERS (AND SUBTYPE)          MM/DD/YY

TRUE  NAME       STAT  ROLE    CASE         STAT   DOB   SUBTYPE

_Y    METTS,MEL        PLA     98LM00001729   C          FORCIBLE ENTR

_Y    METTS,MEL        PLA     98LM00001053   C          FORCIBLE ENTR

_Y    METTS,MEL        PLA     98LM00001052   C          FORCIBLE ENTR

_Y    METTS,MEL        PLA     97LM00001878   C          FORCIBLE ENTR

_Y    METTS,MEL        PLA     97LM00001785   C          FORCIBLE ENTR

_Y    METTS,MEL        PLA     96LM00002184   C          FORCIBLE ENTR

 

1 TO 14 OF 14         

===>____________________________________________________________ 

F1-HELP   F2-PRT   F3-EXIT   F4-PROMPT   F5-REFRESH   F6-VIEW

          F9-GOTO                        F12-CANCEL

 

Put a slash "/" by any case you wish to view, then type the following on the command line near the bottom of the screen:

 

The case synopsis screen allows you to view a great deal of information about the case.

 

EDO4CVS                  CIVIL SYNOPSIS SCREEN                12/09/1998

 

CASE# 97LM00001785  TITLE METTS WEATHERLY              BENCH

SUBTYPE FORCIBLE ENTRY & DET  FILED 09/11/1997  JUDGE  CONVERSION

STATUS CLOSED           STATUS DATE 09/22/1997  CLERK  CONV

PARTIES, ATTORNEYS & FUTURE COURT APPEARANCES

PARTY NAME:  METTS, MEL             ALIAS? N    ROLE:  PLAINTIFF

DISP DATE: 09/22/1997  REASON:  CONV

 

PARTY NAME:  METTS PARTNERS         ALIAS? N    ROLE:  PLAINTIFF

DISP DATE: 09/22/1997  REASON:  CONV

 

PARTY NAME:  WEATHERLY, FLOSSIE     ALIAS? N    ROLE:  DEFENDANT

DISP DATE: 09/22/1997  REASON:  CONV

 

_ALL _MINUTES _PAPERS _RELATED CASES _TRIAL DATES _218/ACTIVITIES

 

F8-PAGE FWD   F7-PAGE BACK   F12-CANCEL CURRENT SELECTION

 

                                                       CASE SYNOPSIS       (CRIMINAL & TRAFFIC)

CASE# 98CM00006548 CURRENT STATUS P STATUS DATE 03/16/1999  CLERK CCDLD

OFFENSE DATE 11/26/1998      ARREST AGENCY WAUKEGAN      TICKET#

NAME SMITH, ERIC J           ALIASES? N     SEX M     DOB 07/01/1981

ADDRESS 2455 LEWIS AVE           ARREST CARD#

        WAUKEGAN,      IL 60085

   ASSIGNED JUDGE GEID    ATD EVANS     FIRM CODE 301160

   CHARGE POSSESS DRUG PARAPHERNALIA   CLASS A   TOTAL COUNTS 3

   LAST APPR DATE 04/12/1998  TIME 09:00  ROOM C204  REPORTER  PRES JUDGE

          DEFENDANT PRESENT: NO                         TRANSLATOR

EVENT STATUS                           MORE EVENTS? N

NEXT APPR DATE         TIME        ROOM        CLERK

       SET FOR

                                       MORE EVENTS?

ASSESSED 230.00        PAID 0.00        AMT DUE 230.00

_ALL _BOND _CHRG/DISP/SENT _MINUTES _PAPER _RELATED CASES _FINANCIAL DTLS

TRS4411 - SELECT NEXT FUNCTION, ENTER FUNCTION, OR F12 TO CANCEL

===>_________________________________________________________

F1-HELP   F2-PRT   F3-EXIT   F4-PROMPT   F5-REFRESH   F6-VIEW

          F9-GOTO                        F12-CANCEL

 

Near the bottom of the screen, you may see more options:

 

_ALL   _BOND   _CHRG/DISP/SENT   _MINUTES  _PAPER   _RELATED CASES   _FINANCIAL DTLS

 

To select an option, put a slash "/" next to the option you wish to view, and press CTRL.  To back out of any screen, press F12.

 

With a little practice, you'll be navigating through the screens easily.  If you have any questions, you can ask the staff in the Viewing Room.

 

You can view the actual case file in the Viewing Room.  Write the file number on a scrap of paper; give it to the room attendant.  The file will be delivered in a few minutes, and the clerk will hold your driver's license until you hand the file back to them.

 

note:  you may not remove the file from the viewing room.  if you need copies of any pages, paper-clip those pages and ask the attendant.  do not remove any pages from the file.

 

noteYou don't have to do the background checking yourself.  Many companies will provide this service for a feeFerret Diversified Services, located in Highland Park, Illinois, provides credit, criminal and eviction background reports at a discount for members of the Lake County Apartment Owners Association.

Screeningreports.com, located in Bensenville, provides an eight-county search for a reasonable fee.  Normally, Screeningreports.com limits their services to clients with a minimum of 100 units.  They will waive their minimum requirement for LCAOA Members.

 

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