Legal Information and Prosecutions

The division attorneys prosecute the municipal code at the Department of Administrative Hearings as well as in the circuit court at Branch and Traffic Courts.

Administrative Hearings

The Administrative Hearings attorneys prosecute municipal ordinance violations at the Department of Administrative Hearings. These cases include violations cited by the Chicago Police Department, Commission on Animal Care and Control, Department of Transportation, Department of Health, Department of Streets and Sanitation, and Department of Buildings.

Police Issued Administrative Notice of Ordinance Violation ("ANOV"):

The docket number begins with 20CP and is scheduled in courtroom 102 or 101.

If you received a police issued ANOV and you would like to settle the case remotely, email law.policetickets@cityofchicago.org. Please include your full name, phone number, ticket number, and hearing date. Accepting a settlement offer will waive your right to an in-person hearing and appeal.

Vehicle Impound:

The docket number begins with 20VP and is scheduled in courtroom 110.

If your vehicle has been impounded and you would like to settle the case remotely, email  law.vehicleimpound@cityofchicago.org.

Please include your full name, phone number, docket number, and vehicle identification number. Accepting a settlement offer will waive your right to an in-person hearing and appeal.

Chicago Department of Transportation Administrative Notice of Ordinance Violation ("ANOV"):

The docket number begins with 20DT and is scheduled in courtroom 108 on Mondays.

If you received a Department of Transportation ANOV and you would like to settle your case remotely, email law.cdotcases@cityofchicago.org. Please include your full name, ticket number, phone number, and whether you prefer to have a settlement conference via email or phone. Accepting a settlement offer will waive your right to an in-person hearing and appeal.

Chicago Department of Streets & Sanitation Notice of Ordinance Violation(s) and Hearing:

The docket number begins with "20DS".

If you have received a Department of Streets and Sanitation Notice and would like to settle your case remotely, without appearing in person at the Department of Administrative Hearings, please email S&Sticketinquiry@cityofchicago.org. Include your name, telephone number, violation address, and administrative hearing docket number. Accepting a settlement offer will waive your right to an in-person hearing and appeal.

Administrative Appeals

The Attorneys defend administrative appeals filed in the Circuit Court from decisions made by the Department of Administrative Hearings and the Chicago Commission on Human Relations. The division also appeals adverse rulings on behalf of City Departments. 

Branch Courts

Branch Court attorneys prosecute municipal ordinance violations resulting in an arrest by the Chicago Police Department.  There are four misdemeanor branch court locations throughout the City.  One prosecutor is assigned to each branch court facility and handles all the ordinance violation cases that appear in that courtroom.  Occasionally prosecutors appear on ordinance violations that are citied in felony cases as well.  Offenses prosecuted by the Branch Court attorneys range from misdemeanor offenses which carry a potential or mandatory penalty of jail time to fine-only offenses. 

Traffic

The primary responsibility of Traffic Court prosecutors is to prosecute minor traffic violations issued under the Chicago Municipal Code and the Illinois Vehicle Code that occur within the City limits. There are six courtrooms in Traffic Court which are designated to handle the 200,000+ traffic citations filed annually, primarily by the Chicago Police Department. The cases vary from routine moving violations to complex accident cases that may involve serious personal injuries, fatalities and/or multiple vehicles. 

Demonstration Duty

Law Department prosecutors are responsible for attending various City of Chicago festivals and demonstrations at the request of the Chicago Police Department. The role of the Assistant Corporation Counsel at these festivals and demonstrations is to advise the Police Department on First Amendment Freedom of Speech and mass arrest issues, as well as various other matters as needed.

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