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The County of DuPage
Wheaton, Illinois
 

Current Projects and Initiatives

Recovery of Unpaid Fines

Chris Kachiroubas has instituted a process for collecting unpaid fines, costs, fees and penalties which have been assessed by the Court. Collecting unpaid amounts enforces the courts' orders and reduces the need for tax dollars to support the Judicial System. The Circuit Court Clerk has committed staff to this initiative and works with private collection agencies to enforce collections. Through this process, Chris Kachiroubas has collected in excess of $12,000,000.00 dollars during his administration of office as Clerk of the Court which have been distributed to the Court and local municipalities.

Orders for Protection

Chris Kachiroubas has worked to create a user-friendly on-line system for Orders for Protection. Through the internet, a petitioner simply goes to www.illinoisprotectionorder.org  follows the directions, reads the "help" information and electronically fills out the form. Because the internet is used, the petitioner can do this from any computer at home, in local township offices where staff is able to assist, and at the Judicial Office Facility at the Circuit Clerk's office or Family Shelter Office. Once the petition is completed, the petitioner must go to the Circuit Clerk's office at 505 N County Farm Rd., and electronically sign the petition. The petition is then filed, a case number is assigned, and it is immediately available in electronic form for the Judge to hear. The Judge and law enforcement are then able to electronically proceed to issue, serve and enforce the Order of Protection.

Restitution for Crime Victims

Providing for payments of restitution to victims of crime is a high priority in the Circuit Clerk's office. Chris Kachiroubas has established one of the best electronic restitution processes in the State. For cases in which a court order has identified and defined restitution conditions, all incoming payments are to be automatically paid directly to the victim. This electronic process makes the victim priority one. If you are a victim of crime and believe that you should be receiving restitution, please contact the DuPage County State's Attorney's Office at 630-407-8000 and ask for the Restitution Department.

E-tickets

High on his agenda Chris Kachiroubas includes officer safety, public safety, and the electronic transmission of information directly to court records. The Circuit Court Clerk has initiated a project to provide police agencies in DuPage County with wireless in-car ticketing devices that deliver ticket information electronically to the court record. As of this writing Twenty-Three (23) agencies have signed up for this initiative. While in pursuit of a vehicle, an officer can, by voice command, query state databases which can in turn, electronically "fill out" the traffic ticket. Prior to a stop, the system also alerts the police officer to any probable danger that might take place during a stop. E-tickets reduce the time of a traffic stop, creates a safer environment for a police officer, prevents manual errors from being introduced to the court record and makes traffic stops less time consuming to the driver. Wireless transmission eliminates delays between the arrest and the receipt of ticket information by the office of the Circuit Court Clerk.

On-Line Traffic Ticket Payment

For a traffic case that does not require a court appearance, a defendant can enter a plea of guilty and pay fines and costs and, where appropriate, obtain court supervision, through the Circuit Court Clerk's secure payment web site at epay.18thjudicial.org. When a case is filed by a law enforcement agency, a defendant may view their case on this site by using information on the defendant's ticket such as the ticket number, name and date of birth or driver's license number. The ability to do this improves efficiency, saves staff time, and offers a convenience to the defendant.

Traffic Court Continuance

Persons who have not had a previous continuance of a traffic court date, can obtain their first continuance via telephone at 630-407-8600. Such request must be made no later than four (4) business days prior to the court date.

Passport Services

The need for citizens to have a passport has increased with increased security measures for travel. For convenience the Circuit Clerk offers complete passport services, including photos and expedited service.

Electronic Court Call

Immediately upon entering the Judicial Office Facility, the public is able to view messages that will answer most frequently asked questions. Large electronic wall monitors at the entrance to the Clerk's office and located on the second through fourth floor of the judicial facility display courtroom schedules. There is a master bank of monitors located prominently south of each escalator landing that scroll through the names and cases for courtrooms on that floor. Additionally, individual courtroom monitors display the court call for an individual room. This makes it easier for the public and members of the legal community to locate their courtroom and hearing time.

Drivers Records

The ability of the Court to appropriately sentence a defendant in a traffic case has always been extremely important. By providing prosecutors with a defendant's complete driving history electronically on the day of court, Chris Kachiroubas contributes to a judge's ability to sentence a defendant in a fair meaningful manner. The Illinois Circuit Clerk Information Center (ICCIC) gathers information daily from each Illinois Circuit Clerk and the Secretary of State's Office. The Circuit Court Clerk's receives the information and delivers it to the appropriate Judge.

Electronic Filing

E-filing, or the ability to initiate cases and file papers over the internet, is a successful enterprise that Chris Kachiroubas began in 2004 and is continually expanding. All Civil Division case types may be filed through a web-based service. The Court provides the service of i2File.net to allow litigants, including pro se parties (parties acting as their own attorney) to file electronically. Users may request copies or certified documents through this internet site.

On-Line Court Orders

Filling in blanks on a court order form with several pages by hand in a busy courtroom eats up valuable time costing the courts and litigants unnecessary expense. The Circuit Court Clerk's office has increased the efficiency of creating an order by providing an on-line electronic order process. Desktop PC's, laptop computers and printers are in courtrooms and are available for preparing, signing and printing court orders. The computer application has point and click features which can be used to prepare orders such as the Illinois Department of Correction order, No Gang Contact orders, Continuance orders and many more. When the order is completed, it is electronically imaged to the appropriate court file.

Warrants

Chris Kachiroubas has unveiled a project to create warrants electronically in DuPage County Traffic Courts. Warrants are prepared, signed and delivered for service electronically. Prosecutors, Judges, Clerks and the Policing Agencies throughout the state are all participating in this project which makes the warrant process more efficient and costs effective.

Electronic Signatures

Signatures are an important part of a court system. Using wireless technology to file and transmit documents requires using a secure electronic signature that has the authenticity as a handwritten signature. Chris Kachiroubas applied to the Supreme Court for permission to use the electronic signature process and received this permission, thus being the only County and State court system that has electronic signature for their Judges.. This electronic signature and wireless transmission will increase the speed at which business can be conducted and reduce the use of paper and the increasing cost of postage.

E-Appeals

Based on the advanced technology used by the DuPage County Circuit Court Clerks Office the Illinois Supreme Court has instituted a pilot program for the electronic filing of appeals in civil and criminal cases from the DuPage County Circuit Court to the Second Appellate District. Electronic filing will eliminate the need for the transmittal of bulky paper records on appeal to the appellate courts and eliminate the need for the paper record on appeal to be transferred between parties to an appeal. Electronic filing of appeals will vastly speed up the appellate process as well as providing security to court files and a reduction of paper usage by the courts.