Part 6.00 Application for Waiver of Court Fees

1-6.01 Application


A.  An Application for Waiver of Court Fees in a civil action pursuant to 735 ILCS 5/5-105 shall be in writing and signed by the applicant or, in the case of a minor or an incompetent adult, by another person having knowledge of the facts and shall be e-filed in accordance with the rules set forth at 1-2.01 et seq. unless excused by order of court.

B.  Applicants shall be required to use the standardized form adopted by the Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Access to Justice.
 

1-6.02 Court Appearance


A.  All applicants shall file their application for Waiver of Court Fees and, upon acceptance of the filing by the Clerk, must appear before a Judge for presentation of the application and ruling on the application prior to fees being waived.

B.  All applicants, except those incarcerated or certified by a civil legal service provider or attorney in a court-sponsored pro bono program as defined in 735 ILCS 5/5-105.5, must appear personally to present their application to a Judge.

C.  Failure to appear personally before a Judge for presentation of the application for Waiver of Court Fees within 5 business days of the acceptance of the application by the Clerk will result in the application being stricken.     

1-6.03 Ruling


A.  At the hearing on the presentation of the application for Waiver of Court Fees, the court may order the applicant to produce copies of certain documents in support of the Application. 

B.  The court’s ruling on an Application for Waiver of Court Fees shall be made according to standards set forth in 735 ILCS 5/5-105.