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Lawsuits, Injuries, Small Claims and Debts

Civil Cases and Lawsuits

Lawsuits for money damages for things like injuries, bad debts, breach of contract, and small claims are heard in the Civil Division and Law Division of the Circuit Court.
  • Civil Division - hears cases in which the amount of the claim is less than $30,000 where the event surrounding the lawsuit occurred in the City of Chicago.
    • 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.
  • Law Division - hears cases in which the claim is in excess of $30,000 where the events surrounding the lawsuit occurred in the County of Cook. 

Self Help Resources

Cook County State's Attorney

Consumer Fraud - brochure

Illinois Attorney General

Protecting Consumers - webpage

Illinois Legal Aid

Illinois Legal Aid video library - videos on a range of topics, including:
  • Accidents and Injuries
  • Consumer Law
Going to Court - webpage

Illinois Supreme Court

Part I. Small Claims Rules - webpage

Southern Illinois University School of Law

The Self Help Legal Center includes information on:
  • Court Proceedings

Additional Resources

Better Business Bureau - website
Finding an Attorney - webpage
Illinois Supreme Court - website
Self Help Resources in and around the Daley Center - webpage

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