The other day I saw the following new page added to the Clerk of the Circuit Court's website. This new page simplifies the preparation and filing of a request for an Order of Protection in Cook County. It establishes a simple online process for preparing the proper documents necessary to obtain an Order of Protection. It is important to note that in order to obtain an Order of Protection, you have to present the prepared documents to the Clerk of the Circuit Court and be seen by a judge. In order for a valid Order of Protection to be obtained, it must be signed by a judge.
Word to the wise: Once you prepare the documents online, make sure you sign off of the website so as to close any access to what you just did on that page.
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