The Law Division hears actions in which the amount of the claim is in excess of $30,000. The case types heard include, but are not limited to: appointment of trustees, breach of contract, personal injury and property damage. The Law Division also maintains the Asbestos Registry.
Circuit Court of Cook County
Information about court organization, court locations, judge information, court holidays and the trial process can be found at the Circuit Court website.
Glossary of Legal Terms
Illinois Code of Civil Procedure
CIVIL PROCEDURE (735 ILCS 5/) Code of Civil Procedure.
Illinois Supreme Court Rules
Illinois Supreme Court's list of Illinois Supreme Court Rules
Municipality Fees (705 ILCS 105/27.1b)
Q: How do I find out which judge is assigned to hear my case?
A: When a case is filed in the Law Division, it is randomly assigned via a computer program to a calendar letter. You may contact the Information Desk at (312) 603-5426 to obtain the Judge's information associated with the calendar letter.
Q: How do I find out when the next court date is in my case?
A: You may determine your next court date by checking the Case Snapshot or contacting the Information Desk at (312) 603-5426.
Q: Does this person or company have any cases filed against them?
A: The Litigant Index Search and the Information Desk can help determine whether or not an individual or company is involved in a Law Division case.
Q: How do I find out if a summons has been served in my case and if an appearance has been filed?
A: Determining whether service has been made or an appearance has been filed in a Law Division case may be accomplished by checking the online electronic case docket, the digital access terminals that are located in the division or contacting the Information Desk by telephone at (312) 603-5426.
Q: What is the fee to file a complaint, appearance and jury demand?
A: The filing fees can be obtained by reading the Fee Schedule on this site or calling the Law Division at (312) 603-5426.
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Anyone requiring the waiver of fees in the Law Division must complete the Application for Waiver of Court Fees form and present it to Law Division's Presiding Judge.
A Special Administrator may be appointed in a wrongful death case that has not been filed by bringing a Petition to Appoint Special Administrator during the Routine Motion Call in the Presiding Judge's Courtroom.
Attorney code numbers are required for attorneys filing documents in the Clerk's Office.
Foreign judgments filed with the court pursuant to the Uniform Enforcement of Foreign Judgments Act, 735 ILCS 5/12-650 et seq.
A subpoena for a foreign action.
Wrong Venue: 735 ILCS 5/2-106; 735 ILCS 5/2-107.
Forum Non Conveniens: Illinois Supreme Court Rule 187.
Setting & Filing of Motions Circuit Court Rule 2.1(d) & (f)
Claimants may file a claim on the Asbestos Registry until the filing of a complaint.