United States District Court
Northern District Of Illinois
Local Criminal Rules
LCrR58.1. Petty Offenses; Central Violations Bureau
(a) Executive Committee. Orders establishing the amount of collateral to be posted by defendants
alleged to have committed petty offenses and those cases in which the collateral may
be accepted in lieu of appearances may be entered by the Executive Committee
acting for the Court.
(b) Collateral In Lieu Of Appearance. Collateral may be posted by a defendant in lieu of appearance where the charge
is one of the petty offenses listed in an order entered pursuant to (a) of
this rule. The collateral shall be in the amount specified in that order.
Collateral may not be posted by a defendant in lieu of appearance either–
(1) where the petty offense involved or contributed to an accident which resulted
in personal injury or damage to property in excess of $100, or
(2) for a subsequent offense not arising out of the same facts or sequence of
events which resulted in the original offense.
(c) Forfeiture of Collateral. Posting collateral pursuant to section (b) of this rule signifies that the
defendant neither contests the charge nor requests a hearing before the designated
magistrate judge. The failure of the defendant to appear shall result in the
forfeiture of the amount posted. Such forfeiture shall be tantamount to a
finding of guilty. The clerk shall certify the record of any conviction of a traffic
violation to the proper state authority as required by the applicable state
(d) Central Violations Bureau (CVB). The clerk shall maintain a central violations bureau (CVB). All agencies
issuing violation notices shall prepare the notices in the form prescribed by the
Director of the Administrative Office of the United States Courts. Agencies shall
promptly submit to the CVB the original and one copy of any violation notice
issued or any which the agency wishes to be voided or dismissed.
(e) Dismissals and Voids. No violation notice may be dismissed or voided except by order of court.
Requests to dismiss or void made by agencies shall be submitted to the CVB. The CVB
shall notify the United States attorney of the request. The United States
attorney shall present the request to the designated magistrate judge at a regular
call of violation notices.