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Civil Division

Building Name
Richard J. Daley Center
 
Address
50 West Washington Street
Room 601
Chicago , IL 60602
   
Chief Deputy Clerk
Fanchion Blumenberg
Assistant Chief Deputy Clerk
Bonnie Clark
Janet Hunter
   
Hours
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, Excluding Court Holidays  
Telephone Numbers
(312) 603-5116
(312) 603-5122
(312)603-5252
 
TDD
(312) 603-6868  
Fax
(312) 603-3330  
 


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Case Types: The Civil Division maintains records for all claims under $30,000 as listed above, including, but not limited to the following matters: Contracts, Personal Injury/Tort, Administrative Review, Housing, Forcible/Joint Action (Evictions).
Dates: Civil Division files are retained for 21 years and then destroyed pursuant to statute. A sample of cases is retained from each year for historical purposes.
Available Indexes: Circuit Court and Superior Court, both plaintiff and defendant indexes (on microfilm), 1871- present
Content: Content generally includes (before a judgment is entered): Complaint, Answer to Complaint, Appearance, Half-Sheet, Motion, Court Orders, Summons, Affidavit of Service

Illinois Code of Civil Procedure

Illinois Supreme Court Rules

Circuit Court Rules and Orders

Circuit Court of Cook County – An Informational Guide

Clerk of the Circuit Court Civil Division Forms

Clerk of the Circuit Court General Forms

Pro Se Litigant’s Guide to Civil Appeals

The Clerk of the Circuit Court has a listing of Legal Aid Clinics throughout the city. This is available in Room 601 at the Information Counter.

The following links provide general information and resources aimed primarily at self-represented (pro se) litigants:

The Clerk of the Circuit Court has a listing of Legal Aid Clinics throughout the city. This is available in Room 601 at the Information Counter.

Self-Represented (Pro Se) Litigant Assistance (Downtown)

Self Help Web Center

Advice Desk

Pro Se Help Desk

Clerk’s Information Counter

Clerk’s Information/Appearance Counter

Self Help Web Center
Location

Richard J. Daley Center
50 West Washington Street
6th Floor, Room 602
Chicago, Illinois
Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday – Friday
Internet Address: www.illinoislawhelp.org

The Self-Help Web Center offers courthouse visitors access to online assistance via two Internet enabled computer workstations, and empowers those who cannot afford a lawyer by providing the following web tools:

· Preparation of Joint Simplified Dissolution of Marriage court forms through an interactive graphical inter face;
· www.IllinoisLawHelp.org, providing legal information in 21 areas of law, including instructions for solving common problems and multimedia training; and
· A search tool for free and low-cost legal representation.

Additionally, visitors are screened to determine if they qualify for free personal assistance from the Chicago-Kent College of Law Advice Desk.

Advice Desk
Location:
Richard J. Daley Center
50 West Washington Street
6th Floor, Room 602
Chicago, Illinois
Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday – Friday
Phone: (312) 603-3579

The Advice Desk provides free legal assistance to pro se defendants in municipal court (“Civil Division”) cases. The Advice Desk is staffed by an attorney, interns and law student volunteers, who interview and advise defendants. General legal advice, help with the preparation of court required documents such as pleadings and motions, and assistance with settlement negotiations are available at the Advice Desk. The desk also provides full representation for qualified litigants in some eviction cases. Litigants should sign up to see an attorney at the Self-Help Web Center. Help is available on a first come, first served basis with the exception of disabled persons and/or senior citizens who can call to make an appointment at least 24 hours ahead of time. All defendants should arrive between 8:00 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. and sign up on the sign in sheet outside Room 602. Defendants arriving later in the day may see an attorney only if time permits.

Pro Se Help Desk
Location:
Richard J. Daley Center
50 West Washington Street
6th Floor, Room 602
Chicago, Illinois
Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday – Friday
Phone: (312) 603-5626

In Pro Se Court, individuals represent themselves before a judge in cases seeking to recover monetary damages of up to $1,500. Pro se plaintiffs may visit the Pro Se Help Desk for free assistance throughout their cases in interpreting and filling out court required documents. Trained staff members also advise pro se plaintiffs and defendants of any required court fees and provide explanation of how to follow the judge’s orders. The staff of the Pro Se Help Desk does not provide legal advice.

Typical cases filed in Pro Se court involve auto damage, clothing loss or damage, debt collection and Tenant/Landlord claims. Foreign language interpreters are available upon request. To request an interpreter for a language other than Spanish or Polish, please notify the Pro Se Help Desk at the phone number above prior to your arrival.

Clerk’s Office Information Counter
Location:
Richard J. Daley Center
50 West Washington Street
6th Floor, Room 601
Chicago, Illinois
Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday – Friday

The Clerk’s Office Information Counter is a well marked desk in Room 601 of the Richard J. Daley Center. The Information Center is staffed by Clerk’s Office employees who answer procedural questions and distribute necessary forms. Each Suburban District also has Clerk’s staff who can answer questions.

Clerk’s Office Information/Appearance Counter
Location:
Richard J. Daley Center
50 West Washington Street
6th Floor, Room 602
Chicago, Illinois
Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday – Friday

The Clerk’s Office Information/Appearance Counter is where appearances are filed. Like the Information Center, Clerk’s employees staffing the Information/Appearance Counter answer questions, direct customers to appropriate areas Counter for assistance and distribution of necessary forms.

Computers are located throughout the public areas of the 6th floor for public use. Customers can access their cases via the computers.

The Clerk’s Office has developed sample forms for certain forms. These sample forms are intended to assist you in successfully completing the forms. The sample forms can be found by going to our Court Forms Search page and typing in the keyword “sample”. Please note – The sample forms do not constitute legal advice.

For additional assistance to people representing themselves (pro se litigants), please visit the Clerk of Circuit Court Self Represented (Pro Se) Resources page.

 

1)      Appearance Counter Procedures
2)      Filing Documents in Summons Control
3)      How to File an Eviction
4)      Posting Notice Procedures
5)      Special Process Server
6)      Special Process Server for Routine Motions in Non Jury Courtrooms
7)      Satisfaction Release of Judgment & Memorandum of Judgment


1.       Appearance Counter Procedures

·    The Civil Division Appearance Counter is located at 50 W. Washington, Daley Center in Room 602.

·   Appearances are filed at the Appearance Counter with the exception of Forcible Appearances, which are directed to the Eviction Counter in Room 602.

·   Customers may obtain copies of the Appearance forms at the Appearance Counter or via the Internet. (All cases over $4,000.00 must also file an Answer.)

·    The Clerk's Office will inform the litigant of the filing fee required to file their appearance.

·    If the litigant does not have the filing fee required to file the appearance, then the Clerk informs them of the available payment options.

·    If the litigant has the filing fee then the Clerk directs them to the Cashiers Counter to pay the required fees.

·    The cashier directs the litigants to mail a copy of the form to the Plaintiff and the Defendant keeps a copy for their own records.

2.      Filing Documents in Summons Control

·   Customer comes to counter located in Room 602 (located behind the Appearance Counter).

·   Customer presents the Return of Service to be filed.  The Return of Service should be brought back to our office at least 3 days before the designated return date.

·    Clerk stamps the original and copies of the return.

·    Clerk keeps the original copy of the document and returns the copies to the customer.

3.      How to File an Eviction

·   Serve five-day notice, give a copy to tenant, have your copy notarized.  (This is your proof to the judge that you have followed legal procedure.)

·   Come to the Daley Center, 50 W. Washington, Room 601 and ask for a complaint and summons. Fill these papers out stating in your complaint a) what it is that you wish to occur as a result of filing the complaint b) address of tenant (for the sheriff to provide service).

·   Come to Room 602 to file complaint and summons.  Pay fee to cashier. (If an alias summons is needed there will be an additional fee.)  At this point you will receive a court date, which will be 14 days after the initial date of filing.

·   Proceed to the Sheriffs Department, 7th Floor, Room 701 to pay the fee for service.

·    Return on designated court date.

4.      Posting Notice Procedures

·    Check the number of service attempts by the Sheriff in Room 602.

·    Pick up the appropriate forms in Room 601, located at the information desk.

·    Get the affidavit notarized.  (There are notaries available for a fee located on the 12th floor.)                 

·    Go to Room 602 and pay cashier the designated fee for obtaining a new court date.

·    Go to the 7th floor, Room 701, and pay counter staff in the Sheriffs office the required fee.

5.      Special Process Server

·    Go to the motion counter in Room 601.  Get forms for Special Process Server. (S.P.S. forms).

·    You must have the date of the sheriff's last attempt to provide service from the counter staff in Room 602

·    Go to Room 602 with your forms completely filled out. Request your file to be attached with the forms and sent up to the court so the judge can sign them.  The judges can sign the forms on your original court date. If you do not return on your original court date you will have to schedule another date by filing a motion in Room 601 at the motion counter.

·    Following the judges approval of your motion, go to the information counter in Room 601 and ask for an alias summons and affidavit.

·    When the alias summons is completed, pay the cashier the designated fee in Room 602.

·    On your appointed court date, do not forget to bring the affidavit to court when you arrive.

6.      Special Process Server for Routine Motions

·    Customer puts the completed Motions for Special Process Server in the appropriate drop box in room 601. If the motion is verified as complete and correct the customer can retrieve the granted motion in the the assigned courtroom after 24 hours.

Memorandum

7.      Satisfaction Release of Judgment & Memorandum of Judgment

·    Customer puts the completed Motions for Satisfaction Release of Judgment or Memorandum of Judgment in the appropriate drop box in room 601. If the motion is verified as complete and correct, the customer can retrieve the granted motion in the assigned courtroom after 24 hours.

Memorandum

 
The Civil Division hears the following types of actions in which the amount of the claim is less than $30,000 where the event surrounding the lawsuit occurred in the City of Chicago:
Contract An agreement between two or more persons, which creates an obligation to do a particular thing. The bulk of these cases involve owing money to someone for something (breach of contract.)
Forcibles Entry & Detainer (Evictions) A summary proceeding in which the landlord seeks to restore possession of the premises or payment of rent when the tenant has wrongfully withheld rent or possession of the premises.
Housing A lawsuit which is brought into court by the City of Chicago in reference to housing violations, which include but is not limited to, lead paint, broken windows, broken stairs, heat cases, etc.
Personal Injury Any wrong or damage done to another person, such as, physical pain, illness, or any impairment of physical condition resulting from the careless or negligent actions of others. The most common cases involve auto accident injuries.
Pro Se Court The Pro Se Court section of the Civil Division resolves disputes between parties where the amount at issue does not exceed $1,500. The party may act as their own attorney. For more information on pro se cases, please call the Civil Division for the First Municipal District (Chicago), which is located on the sixth floor of the Richard J. Daley Center (312) 603-5626.
Suburban Districts Suburban Districts may also accept Civil Division filings and may hear cases as those listed above where the claim is less than $100,000.
Tort Private or civil wrong or injury other than a breach of contract for which the court will provide a remedy in the form of an action for damages. The majority of civil cases involve property or automobile damages resulting from accidents



The Civil Division maintains the following calls, among others: Trials, Motions, Default, and Status Calls.
Courtrooms
The Civil Division operates 35 courtrooms. The Presiding Judge sets trial and motion calls. Refer to Circuit Court Rule 2.1.

CCG-0603A & CCG-603B , Effective 4/27/2010 (705 ILCS 105/27.2(a))

Municipality Fees (705 ILCS 105/27.2)
Court Forms
Each of the Divisions provides access to official court forms. There are several ways to obtain the forms. In the office, forms are also available from staff at each of the Division’s public service counters. The public can also access court forms on this website.
Summons Control
The Summons Control Department processes Returns of Service, Answers, Alias Summons, Citation to Issue, Wage Deduction Summons, Issue and Returnable, Service by Publication, Summons after Conditional Judgment, Rule to Show Cause (Returns of Service), Detinues and Revival of Judgment (Returns of Service), Wage Deduction Summons, Answers to Wage Deductions, etc.
Returns of Service
The Returns of Service processed in the Summons Control Department include but are not limited to; Contracts, Torts, Personal Injury, Joint Action and Replevins.

A brief listing of what a Return of Service should include is a Summons, Complaint and an Affidavit of Service. All Returns of Service should include a valid return date and case number to reference for processing.

Returns of service should be returned as soon as you have obtained service on a particular defendant or a minimum of 3 days prior to the return date. All returns are time stamped for the date the document is returned to our office.

1)      I want to file a lawsuit, what forms do I need and where can I get them?
2)      Will I have to pay a filing fee and if so for what amount?
3)      Will I have to pay for service by Certified Mail?
4)      What must I do after I have completed the Complaint, Summons and Certified Mail forms (if your claim is less than $10,000 and you choose to serve by Certified Mail)?
5)      Will I (the Plaintiff) need to come to Court on the Return Date?
6)      What must I do next after I get a Return Date?
7)      What must I do next after I pay the filing and/or Certified Mailing fee and get a case number?
8)      How do I serve the Defendant?
9)      How can I find out if the Defendant was served within the 30 days of my filing date?
10)      What happens if the Defendant is not served within 30 days of filing?
11)      What must I do after the Return Date?
12)      I received a Complaint and Summons. What do I have to do?
13)      Do I have to use a special form to file an Appearance?
14)      How can I get an Appearance form?
15)      Will I have to pay a court fee?
16)      If I am the one being sued why do I have to pay a fee?
17)      Can the Clerk’s Office help me fill out my Appearance form?
18)      If the Complaint and Summons show that today is the Return Date, why don’t I have to be in court today?
19)      What if I don’t file an Appearance and pay the court fee by the Return Date?
20)      If I don’t have a court hearing today, then why do I have to come back another time?
21)      I don’t know the person who is suing me -- why am I being sued?
22)      What do I do once I have filed my Appearance and paid the fee by the Return Date?
23)      If the suit is about a debt, and I pay or have already paid off the debt in question, do I still have to come to court? That is, do I still have to file an Appearance?
24)      I will be out of town on my court date. Can you give me a later date?
25)      If the suit is about an insurance claim and the insurance company said it took care of the claim in question, why am I being sued?
26)      If this suit is about a claim that was included in a bankruptcy petition I filed, what should I do?
27)      If this suit is about a bill I owe and I want to make arrangements to pay my bill on a monthly basis, what should I do?
 
1)      I want to file a lawsuit, what forms do I need and where can I get them?

To file a lawsuit, you must complete Complaint and Summons forms. These forms are available from the Civil Division of the Office of the Clerk of the Circuit Court of Cook County (Clerk’s Office) in Room 601 in the Richard J. Daley Center, 50 West Washington Street, Chicago, Illinois, 60602.

Also, you will have to serve the Defendant either through the Sheriff’s Office or through Certified Mail. If you qualify to serve by Certified Mail (See Special Note below for qualifications), also obtain a Certified Mail form (See “How do I serve the Defendant” below for information on serving the Defendant).

You may download the Complaint and Summons forms from this website but must pick up the Certified Mail form from Room 601 in the Richard J. Daley Center. Complete the forms.

SPECIAL NOTE:  CERTIFIED MAIL

a)       If your claim exceeds $10,000, service may not be made by Certified Mail.

b)       You may not make service through Certified Mail to a Post Office Box -- Certified Mail must be directed to an actual address, not a P.O. Box.



2)      Will I have to pay a filing fee and if so for what amount?

Yes, you will be required to pay a filing fee. The fee will vary depending on the amount of your claim. You may pick up a schedule of filing fees at the Customer Service Counter in the Civil Division in Room 601 in the Richard J. Daley Center, or may download the schedule from this website.



3)      Will I have to pay for service by Certified Mail?

Yes, you will be required to pay the Clerk’s Office a nominal fee to serve by Certified Mail.  NOTE: Certified Mail fee is subject to charge by the U.S. Postal Service. You may only choose to serve by Certified Mail if your case is under $10,000.



4)      What must I do after I have completed the Complaint, Summons and Certified Mail forms (if your claim is less than $10,000 and you choose to serve by Certified Mail)?

After you have completed the Complaint, Summons and Certified Mail forms (if you qualify to and serve by Certified Mail), get a Return Date from the blackboard in 601 or 602 of the Richard J. Daley Center. You will need to put a Return Date on both the Complaint and Summons forms. The Return Date is important because this is the date by which the party you are suing (the Defendant) must respond. 



5)      Will I (the Plaintiff) need to come to Court on the Return Date?

No.  The Plaintiff does not need to come to court on the Return Date unless you are filing a Forcible Detainer (Eviction), Replevin, Detinue or Revival of Judgment case. The Return Date is only important for the Defendant – the person or party you are suing -- because the Defendant must respond to the lawsuit on or before the Return Date. Think of the Return Date as a “Response Date” by which the Defendant must respond to your lawsuit.

Note: The return date is an actual court date when filing the following types of lawsuits: Forcible Detainer (eviction), Replevin, Detinue or Revival of Judgment.



6)      What must I do next after I get a Return Date?

Pay filing fee & get a case number.  Take your completed Complaint, Summons and Certified Mail  forms (if serving by Certified Mail) to the cashier at Station 3 in Room 602 of the Richard J. Daley Center to pay the proper filing and Certified Mail fees. You will then be assigned a case number (for example,  “04 M1 123456”).

NOTE:  If serving by Certified Mail leave the Complaint, Summons, and Certified Mail forms with the cashier. (You may only serve by Certified Mail if the case is under $10,000).



7)      What must I do next after I pay the filing and/or Certified Mailing fee and get a case number?

After you have paid your filing fee and/or Certified Mail fee (if serving by Certified Mail) and have been issued a case number, you must serve the Defendant with a Complaint and Summons.  It is important that the Defendant is served with your lawsuit (a copy of the Complaint and Summons) within 30 days of the date you filed the lawsuit. Once the Defendant is served with your lawsuit, by law, he or she must file an answer or Appearance in Room 602 in the Richard J. Daley Center on or before the Return Date or “Response Day.”



8)      How do I serve the Defendant?

You may serve the Defendant through the Sheriff’s Office or by Certified Mail through the Clerk’s Office.

Service by the Sheriff’s Office.  If you want the Sheriff’s Office to serve the Defendant then you must take one copy of the Complaint and Summons to the Sheriff’s Office in Room 701 in the Richard J. Daley Center. You will be required to pay a fee. You may determine the fee by visiting the Sheriff’s Office in Room 701 in the Richard J. Daley Center or by calling 312-603-4922.

Service by Certified Mail.  If you qualify for and wish the Clerk’s Office to serve the Defendant by Certified Mail and you have not completed a Certified Mail form, go to Room 601 in the Richard J. Daley Center for a Certified Mail form.

You qualify to serve by Certified Mail if your claim is under $10,000; however, you may only serve to an actual address NOT a P.O. Box

Complete the form and return it to Room 602 of the Richard J. Daley Center together with your Complaint and Summons; the Clerk’s Office will charge you a nominal fee for service by Certified Mail. 



9)      How can I find out if the Defendant was served within the 30 days of my filing date?
If you served through the Sheriff’s Office, you may learn if the Defendant was served by calling 312-603-4922. If you served by Certified Mail through the Clerk’s Office, you may find out if the Defendant was served by calling 312-603-5116.

10)      What happens if the Defendant is not served within 30 days of filing?
Note that a summons is valid for only 30 days. Consequently, if the defendant is not served within 30 days of filing, the first summons (or a previous summons) will then have expired. If this is the case, you must then complete, file and issue a second summons known as an Alias Summons. Thus, if the Defendant has not been served within 30 days of filing your lawsuit, you have two options: 1) First, you may complete an Alias Summons form and serve the Defendant through the Sheriff’s Office or; 2) you may complete an Alias Summons form and serve the Defendant by Certified Mail. You may get an Alias Summons form from the Clerk’s Office in Room 601 of the Richard J. Daley Center or you may download the form from this website.

11)      What must I do after the Return Date?

If the Defendant was served within the 30 days of your filing date, you must get a court date two (2) days after the Return Date. To get this court date, call the Return Date counter of the Clerk’s Office at 312-603-5116 or 312-603-5145.

NOTE: The Clerk’s Office cannot help you complete any court forms. If you cannot complete your court forms, take them home and have family or friends help you complete them. Then return to Room 602 in the Richard J. Daley Center, 50 West Washington Street, Chicago, Illinois 60602 with the completed forms.

If you cannot complete the forms because of a disability, and there is no family member or friend to help you, then you may ask a manager about assistance in special circumstances for the disabled.



12)      I received a Complaint and Summons. What do I have to do?
Whenever anyone files a lawsuit against you, you are “summoned” to answer to the lawsuit on or before the Return Date as indicated on the Complaint and Summons. This means you must file with the court in Room 602 in the Richard J. Daley Center, 50 West Washington Street, Chicago, Illinois 60602 in the Civil Division, a document called an “Appearance.” By filing your Appearance, you are letting the court know that you are appearing to defend or respond to the lawsuit.

13)      Do I have to use a special form to file an Appearance?
Yes. You must complete and file an “Appearance” form.

14)      How can I get an Appearance form?
You may get an Appearance form in Room 602 in the Richard J. Daley Center, or you may download a copy of the Appearance form from this website.

15)      Will I have to pay a court fee?
Yes. You must pay an Appearance fee when you file your Appearance.

16)      If I am the one being sued why do I have to pay a fee?

Any person who uses the court system, or who is brought into the court system through a lawsuit, must pay court fees. If you are the person being sued, you are the Defendant and must pay an “Appearance” fee to file your answer (defend your case).

The court system, like other state and federal government offices, sustains its operations through the collection of court fees.



17)      Can the Clerk’s Office help me fill out my Appearance form?

No, regrettably we cannot help you complete your forms. If you cannot complete your court forms, take them home and have family or friends to help you complete these forms. Then return to Room 602 in the Richard J. Daley Center with the completed forms.

If you cannot complete the forms because of a disability, and there is no family member or friend to help you, then you may ask a manager about assistance in special circumstances for the disabled.



18)      If the Complaint and Summons show that today is the Return Date, why don’t I have to be in court today?

The Return Date is NOT a Court Date unless your Appearance is for a Forcible Detainer (Eviction), Replevin, Detinue or Revival of Judgment case.  In all other cases, think of the Return Date as a “Response Date.”  That is, the person being sued – you, the Defendant – is required by law to respond to the lawsuit on or before the Return Date by filing an “Appearance” form.

Note:  If this is a Forcible Detainer (Eviction), Replevin, Detinue or Revival of Judgment case, the return date is your court date. If this is the case, you must file an appearance form and appear in court on the return date.



19)      What if I don’t file an Appearance and pay the court fee by the Return Date?
If you fail to respond to the lawsuit by filing an Appearance form on or before the Return Date, you risk being found liable by default (i.e. the Judge may require you to pay the amount in controversy and additional court costs). Once you are before the judge, you can explain the facts of your case.

20)      If I don’t have a court hearing today, then why do I have to come back another time?
Once you have responded to the lawsuit by filing your Appearance on or before the Return Date, you will get a court date at which time the judge will hear the case. At that time, both the Plaintiff and Defendant must appear before the Judge.

21)      I don’t know the person who is suing me -- why am I being sued?

The person suing you is known as the Plaintiff. It is possible that the Plaintiff may have sued the wrong person. It is also possible that the case filed against you involves a dispute from your past and about which you have forgotten. For more information about the lawsuit, you should call the Plaintiff or his/her attorney.  NOTE: You must nonetheless file an “Appearance” by the Return Date or you risk being found liable by default (i.e. for not filing your Appearance). If this happens, you may incur additional court costs. Once you are before the judge, you can explain the facts of your case.

If, in fact, the Plaintiff sued you in error, you may ask the Judge (when you are in front of the Judge), for an order for the return of your Appearance fee or for an order requiring the Plaintiff to reimburse you for your Appearance fee.



22)      What do I do once I have filed my Appearance and paid the fee by the Return Date?
Whenever you file any type of court document, you must notify the other party. Therefore, since you are the Defendant, you must mail a copy of your Appearance to the Plaintiff (the person who sued you). If you fail to do so, the Plaintiff will not know that you are responding to the lawsuit and can ask a judge to find you in default for failure to respond.

23)      If the suit is about a debt, and I pay or have already paid off the debt in question, do I still have to come to court? That is, do I still have to file an Appearance?
This is a decision you must make. Even if you pay the claim sought against you, your credit rating may still be in jeopardy; therefore, the best course of action is to file your Appearance.

24)      I will be out of town on my court date. Can you give me a later date?
The Office of the Clerk of the Circuit Court does not have authority to change court dates. These dates are set by the judicial system. If you cannot attend court you may send someone in your place on the scheduled date and time; your representative should ask the court for a continuance. The Court may or may not grant you a continuance. Or, you may call the Plaintiff’s attorney for a continuance. If the Plaintiff or his/her attorney agrees to a continuance, get the agreement in writing and send your representative to court with a copy of this agreement.

25)      If the suit is about an insurance claim and the insurance company said it took care of the claim in question, why am I being sued?
Contact your insurance company to verify that it filed an Appearance on your behalf. If you are unsure about this, you should file an Appearance on or before the Return Date. If you fail to do so you risk being found liable by default.

26)      If this suit is about a claim that was included in a bankruptcy petition I filed, what should I do?
Call the attorney that filed your bankruptcy petition to inform him or her that you are being sued. Then either you or your attorney should file an Appearance on your behalf. You will get a court date when you file your Appearance. Come to court on that date and bring your bankruptcy petition with you.

27)      If this suit is about a bill I owe and I want to make arrangements to pay my bill on a monthly basis, what should I do?
Contact the Plaintiff’s attorney to make payment arrangements, however, you must still file an Appearance and pay a fee. Get this payment arrangement in writing, as you will need to present it to the judge when you go to court

Title: Court Forms
Content: Each of the Divisions provides access to official court forms. There are several ways to obtain the forms. In the office, forms are also available from staff at each of the Division’s public service counters. The public can also access court forms on this website.

IMPORTANT / DISCLAIMER:

The information contained in this document is not intended as legal advice.   Persons with further questions on these subjects are strongly encouraged to seek legal advice from an attorney knowledgeable about these matters.

It is unlawful for any clerk or deputy clerk of a circuit court to prepare or draft any document that is to be filed or recorded in the Circuit Court in which he or she is clerk or deputy clerk, except such documents as such clerks are required or by some statute authorized to draft or prepare.   See 705 ILCS 110/1.


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