The Office of the State Appellate Defender is partnering with the Access to Justice Commission to prepare and distribute legally correct and user-friendly forms for adult sealing and expungement that will be accepted in every courthouse throughout Illinois.
Access to Justice is an initiative announced in 2012 by the Illinois Supreme Court to improve access to the justice system. The Court formed the Illinois Supreme Court Access to Justice Commission and charged the Commission with promoting, facilitating and enhancing equal access to justice with an emphasis on access to the Illinois civil courts and administrative agencies for all people, particularly the poor and vulnerable.
Adult Expungement & Sealing Information and Forms
The following forms have been approved for use by the Supreme Court Commission on Access to Justice and are required to be accepted in all Illinois courts. The forms are ADA accessible, and you can handwrite or type into the PDF form.
You will need Adobe Acrobat or free Adobe Reader XI or higher in order to save completed forms.
Getting Started Adult Expungement and Sealing Checklist
How to Expunge and/or Seal A Criminal Record
Request to Expunge & Impound and/or Seal Criminal Records Form
Order to Expunge & Impound and/or Seal Criminal Records Form
Order Denying Request to Expunge & Impound and/or Seal Criminal Records Form
Notice of Filing for Expungement and/or Sealing Form
Additional Notice of Filing for Expungement or Sealing Form
Additional Arrests or Cases for Expungement Form
Additional Arrests or Cases for Sealing Form
Application for Waiver of Court Fees
Order for Waiver of Court Fees
In addition to the above, Illinois Legal Aid Online provides a guided interview that will ask you a series of questions related to this topic and then the program will complete the forms for you. It is free to use.
Code for America (http://www.codeforamerica.org)
is a nonprofit working to help restore opportunities for people with
criminal cases.They are looking to talk with people who have completed
the process to expunge or seal some (or all) of their criminal history. If you live in Illinois & have had criminal cases expunged /sealed, Code for America will
pay you $50 to talk about the experience. Your feedback will be kept
confidential & they won't ask about the nature of your convictions!
Click here to fill out the form.
Full text of the Criminal Identification Act: 20 ILCS 2630