Approved Court Forms
The Center for Self-Representation, located in the William D. Block Memorial Law Library, provides fill in the blank court forms, approved by the 19th Judicial Circuit Court and the Illinois Supreme Court, at no cost to litigants. Approved forms can also be found online at the Clerk of the Circuit Court and Illinois Courts.
The following brochures and agencies are available for your use and can provide further information on case types, forms, procedures, and resources.
Helpful Booklets & Brochures
- Glossary of Legal Terms (PDF)
- Guardianship of Minors Booklet (PDF)
- Probate Court Booklet (PDF)
- Small Claims Booklet (PDF) (Spanish Booklet (PDF))
- Understanding Your Court System (PDF)
NOTE: The Administrative Staff of the Law Library, Courts, Public Defender, States Attorney and the Circuit Clerk’s Office are prohibited by law from giving legal advice. If you need legal advice, you should seek the assistance of an attorney. If you cannot afford an attorney, please refer to our Resources for Pro Se Litigants page.
Glossary of Terms
Answer - a written statement of the defendant’s case wherein the plaintiff’s claims are admitted or denied.
Appearance - the formal proceeding or document by which a defendant submits to the jurisdiction of the court.
Circuit Clerk - this elected official is responsible for maintaining the court records, issuing summons and subpoenas, collecting fines, and carrying out other business activities which support the Circuit Court.
Complaint - initial document filed by the plaintiff in a civil case stating the claims against the defendant.
Counterclaim - claim presented by a defendant against the plaintiff following the claim of the plaintiff.
Defendant - in a civil case it is the person(s) or corporation from which the plaintiff wants to collect damages.
Evidence - any form of proof presented by a party for the purpose of supporting its arguments before the court.
Hearsay - evidence based on what a witness has heard someone else say rather than what the witness has personally experienced.
Inadmissible - that which, under the established rules of evidence, cannot be admitted or received in court.
Plaintiff - in a civil case the person(s) or corporation asserting a claim for damages allegedly sustained as a result of the conduct of the defendant.
Pro Se - (short form of "in propria persona," which is Latin for "in one’s own proper person.") To act as one’s own attorney in a civil or criminal matter.
Subpoena - a document issued by the court to compel a witness to appear and give testimony or to procure documentary evidence in a proceeding.
Testimony - the sworn evidence presented by witnesses.