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FAQs: Common FAQ

  • What are the clerk’s office hours of operation?

    The clerk’s office is open from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm Monday through Friday.

  • Can I file via fax?

    Not without prior approval of the assigned judge.

  • How do I retrieve a file that has been archived?

    To retrieve files from the NARA in Chicago, the retrieval fee must be paid in advance to the Clerk of Court.  When submitting the fee, please provide the case number and case caption. Upon receipt of the retrieval fee, the file will be ordered and may take up to 10 days to reach the Clerk’s office. You will be notified when it arrives. For a list of fees associated wtih retrieval, please click here.

  • How do I file a judgment from another District Court?

    File Form 451, Certification of Judgment to Be Registered in Another District, completed by
    the originating district court, along with a filing fee of $47.00, payable to Clerk, US District