Ordering Cook County Sheriff Service of Process

How to serve documents through the Cook County Sheriff in InfoTrack

In Cook County, Illinois, statute dictates that in most circumstances, original service of case initiating documents must first be attempted by the Sheriff.

After submitting a summons and complaint in InfoTrack's Cook County eFiling workflow, users are given a special option to place a physical service of process order with the Cook County Sheriff.

How to order a Sheriff serve

From the File & Serve list, locate the case for which you want to order service by the Cook County Sheriff. 

Click on Select an Action on the case and select Order Service of Process.

Next, select the case parties from the Known Parties drop-down. Party information will be pulled from the court's record and fill in the lead attorney's information.

When the attorney information is filled, continue to the Service Recipients information and select Yes for Cook County Sheriff Service. Complete all required Cook County Sheriff Service fields.

You may select documents for service from the Original Documents list—which includes any filed documents on the case record—or by using the Add Document link at the bottom right of the Process Serving Documents section.

After you have validated and reviewed the estimated fees, click Submit at the bottom of the page. 

How to check the status of your Sheriff serve

Once the Cook County Sheriff has attempted service you will receive an email to notify you of if the attempt was successful or not. The Sheriff will file the affidavit with the court.

Please note that InfoTrack users can order process serves via the Cook County Sheriff with or without a related court filing. Click here to learn more about how to place a Cook County Sheriff service of process order independently of a case filing.

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