Current Projects and Initiatives
Recovery of Unpaid
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
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.
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.
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.
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 and expedited service.
Electronic Court Call
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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