Q: What is a Notice of Appeal?
A: A Notice of Appeal is a document filed with the Office of the Clerk of the Circuit Court that serves as notice to all litigants in a civil case that one of the parties is asking a higher court to review the lower court's decision.
The Illinois Appellate Court handles most appeals from the Circuit Court of Cook County. In particular instances, cases may be appealed directly to the Illinois Supreme Court.
The required information for a Notice of Appeal is detailed in Illinois Supreme Court Rule 303. A Notice of Appeal form is available at the Civil Appeals Division located in Room 801 of the Richard J. Daley Center or by visiting the Civil Appeals Court Forms page.
Q: Where can I find a copy of the Illinois Supreme Court Rules?
A: These rules may be found in the Law Library on the 29th floor of the Richard J. Daley Center, 50 West Washington Street, Chicago, Illinois. Each suburban district office has a Law Library as well.
The Rules are also available online at www.state.il.us/Court/SupremeCourt/Rules.
Q: Where do I file a Notice of Appeal?
A: Notices of Appeal for civil areas of law are filed with the Civil Appeals Division in Room 801 of the Daley Center, 50 West Washington Street, Room 801, Chicago, Illinois 60602.
Notices of Appeal filed in other locations are forwarded to the Civil Appeals Division.
Notices of Appeal may also be efiled.
The party who filed the Notice of Appeal is responsible for obtaining a file stamp on the face of the document.
Q: How much does it cost to file a Notice of Appeal?
A: Filing a Notice of Appeal does not require a fee.
Q: If I file a Notice of Appeal, will that stop my eviction?
A: No. Filing a Notice of Appeal does not automatically stop the eviction process. To stop the eviction process, you must file a Motion to Stay. If the judge allows a stay pending the outcome of the appeal, you must present that order to the Cook County Sheriff's Office.
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