Notice of Appeal:
Cases from the 22nd Judicial Circuit (McHenry County) are appealed to the 2nd District Appellate Court located in Elgin. A Notice of Appeal must be filed with the Circuit Clerk within 30 days of the entry of the Judgment or Order from which you are appealing.
There is a filing fee of $60.00 due at the time of filing the Notice of Appeal. Should the cost exceed the $60.00, you will be advised of the additional charges. The additional costs are based on the amount of pages in the appeal. If the appeal is under 100 pages, there will not be any additional costs. If the appeal is 100 - 200 pages the additional cost will be $90.00 and if the appeal is over 200 pages the additional cost will be $90.00 plus $.25 per page.
The McHenry County Circuit Clerk's Office requires a written notice, within 30 days of filing the Notice of Appeal, directing our office to prepare the record for appeal. If this written notice is not received, the appeal will not be prepared.
If a Court Reporter was present during any of the hearings and/or the trial, a typewritten transcript of that proceeding can be ordered from them. They require a deposit before preparing the transcript and once it is completed they will require the remaining balance to be paid in full. The Court Reporters are notified when a Notice of Appeal is filed, however they do not prepare the written transcript unless ordered by you personally. The Court Reporter will advise you as to the procedure to be followed in ordering your transcript(s).
Any written transcripts ordered and received by you must be filed in our office for inclusion in the record on appeal, as are any exhibits that were submitted at the time of hearing or trial.
The original transcript of Record on Appeal, Report of Proceedings and all Exhibits or the Certificate in Lieu of record are due in the Appellate Court 63 days after date of filing the Notice of Appeal.
If there are no additional charges, the record will be forwarded to you or the Appellate Court, whichever your request is in this matter. In the event of additional costs, it will be forwarded upon receipt of payment of said costs.
The docketing statement should be completed and forwarded to the Appellate Court along with a $25.00 check made payable to Clerk of the Appellate Court. The docketing statement is due in the Appellate Court (address below) within 14 days of filing the Notice of Appeal with our office.
Office of the Clerk
Appellate Court 2nd District
55 Symphony Way
Appellate Court Building
Elgin, IL 60120
Once your docketing statement is received at the Appellate Court, you will receive a Briefing Schedule of all the due dates for the record on appeal. Be advised that your failure to comply with any of the above instructions will result in the dismissal of your appeal by the Appellate Court.
Rules of the Illinois Appellate Court - 2nd District
More information on the Illinois Appellate Court
The Circuit Clerk's Office CANNOT assist you with filling out the Appeal forms. By law, the Circuit Clerk's Office is prohibited from giving legal advice.
Appeal Forms (revised 4-22-2013):