Katherine M. Keefe - McHenry County Circuit Clerk, 22nd Judicial Circuit

Appeal A Case

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Where to Appeal My Case

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 $50.00 due at the time of filing the Notice of Appeal. Should the cost exceed the $50.00, you will be advised of the additional charges. The additional costs are based on the amount of pages in the case record. If the appeal is under 100 pages, there will not be any additional cost. If the appeal is 100 - 200 pages the additional cost will be $50.00 and if the appeal is over 200 pages the additional cost will be $50.00 plus $.25 per page. 705 ILCS 105/27.1a(k)

The McHenry County Circuit Clerk requires a written notice, within 30 days of filing the Notice of Appeal, directing the Circuit Clerk 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 transcript of that proceeding can be ordered from them. A deposit is required before the transcript will be prepared and once it is completed the Court Reporter will require the remaining balance to be paid in full. Court Reporters will not prepare the transcript unless ordered by you personally. The Court Reporter will advise you as to the procedure to be followed in ordering your transcript(s). Contact 22nd Circuit Court Reporters through Court Administration at (815)334-4385.


Any transcripts ordered and received by you must be filed with the McHenry County Circuit Clerk 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 at the Appellate Court 63 days after date of filing the Notice of Appeal.


If there are no additional charges, the record will be electronically filed with the Appellate Court. In the event of additional costs, it will be forwarded upon receipt of payment of said costs.

Docketing Statement

The docketing statement should be completed and forwarded to the Appellate Court along with a $50.00 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 the Circuit Clerk.

Office of the Clerk

2nd District Appellate Court

55 Symphony Way

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.

Note: 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.


Approved Statewide Appeal Forms

Appellate Court Forms

Supreme Court Forms

McHenry County Appeal Forms:

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