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For other Court positions, the minimum requirements will vary for education and experience but these positions do not require living in Illinois, being a U.S. Citizen, or being on the AOIC Certified list.All applicants are required to pass an extensive employment and criminal history background check along with a driving history check if required to drive by the job description. A medical physical with a urinalysis style drug screening is required after a conditional offer of employment.
A Petition for Dissolution of Marriage is the document that starts the process and is filed with the Clerk of the Circuit Court. Steps to follow to complete the filing process can be found at https://www.lakecountycircuitclerk.org/divisions/civil-division/simplified-divorce
“Service” is how a person who you are filing a lawsuit against is notified that a case has been started and told how they can participate in that case by y filing an appearance and responsive pleading or answer. Proper service is important because without it, a court does not have the power to order a party to do anything or resolve the dispute. A party is served when he or she receives a summons. Usually, the Sheriff delivers a summons to a defendant and there is a fee for the service.
A summons is a pre-printed legal form that tells a defendant that he or she is being sued. The defendant must file an appearance and responsive pleading or answer within 30 days of being served with the summons. An alias summons is a second summons that is issued by the court when the first attempt to serve a summons was unsuccessful.
A respondent must file an appearance and written response to the complaint/petition by filing either a responsive pleading (Motion to Dismiss) or an answer.
An appearance is a written form the defendant must file with the Clerk of the Court. The appearance tells the court that the defendant intends to have the court hear the matter for which the plaintiff has filed the complaint. The appearance form also tells the court if you are representing yourself, or whether you have hired an attorney to represent you.
An answer is the written statement filed with the court. It addresses each of the paragraphs in the plaintiff’s complaint by admitting or denying the allegations the plaintiff is making.
A motion is the written request for the court to do something, such as rule on an issue or schedule a hearing, filed by a party.
All documents are filed in the Office of the Circuit Clerk. Click here for instructions on e-filing. A party filing a motion must send it to all of the parties in a case after filing.
If you are representing yourself, you must come to the Circuit Clerk’s Office or call them at 847-377-3209 to set up a motion date.
A notice of motion is simply the form a party files with the court telling the court that all of the parties to a case have been informed that a motion has been filed. The notice of motion contains the time, date and place in which a motion will be heard and is sent to the opposing parties and the court along with a copy of the motion itself. If the other party files a motion, you should receive a copy of the motion and a copy of the notice of motion either in the mail or by hand delivery.
Motion can be set for an initial presentment Monday through Friday at 9:00 a.m. in C-107. Motions that are contested will be set for hearing at the discretion of the Judge or as the calendar allows.
Forms are available online at https://www.lakecountycircuitclerk.org/court-forms or at the Illinois Legal Aid website: https://www.illinoislegalaid.org/
In the event a respondent, after service of process, fails to file an appearance, responsive pleading or answer within 30 days of being served with the summons and petition, the petitioner may request the allegations in the petition be admitted as true and request the court enter a judgment in favor of the petitioner by default. The petitioner must schedule the case on the court’s motion call and follow the procedures for a Motion for Default.
A continuance simply means that the case will be continued on another date set by the court.
A status date means a future date on which the parties will again appear in court to tell the judge what is happening with the case. The court uses these dates to ensure that the case moves efficiently to resolution.
An order of court contains instructions to the parties regarding what they must do. Orders can contain instructions as simple as “the parties will next appear on Feb. 27, 2019,” or command the parties to do___ or to forbid them from doing ____ specifications. Generally, each time you appear in court, the court will order the parties to do something. All orders are kept in the court file.
Court files are public documents and can be viewed by anyone. To view the file for your case, you can either go to the Office of the Circuit Clerk located in the lower level of the courthouse or you can view limited case information online using the Circuit Clerk’s Public Access. You may also call the Civil Division at 847-377-3209 for case information.
Yes. There is a cover sheet for all civil suits and one for divorce/family cases. They are called Certificates of Attorney.
No. The Clerk’s office will accept cash, credit cards (a fee is charged for this), money order, cashier’s checks and certified checks made payable to “Clerk of the Circuit Court.”
You may obtain an attorney. The Lake County Bar Association, Lawyer Referral, 847-244-3140 can give you attorney or legal service referrals. You may also contact the state’s Attorney Child Support Division at 847-377-3131 to see if you qualify for their services. If you do not want an attorney and want to file for child support on your own, you may go to the Law Library, Center for Self-Representation, 847-377-2800 located on the main floor of the Courthouse to see if they have forms or obtain forms from another source.
You must file a Motion to terminate child support and a Notice of Motion with the Clerk of the Circuit Court and then appear in front of a judge. A form motion is available in the law library or on-line at https://www.illinoislegalaid.org/ . There must be no other children who are subject to an order for support, the youngest child must have graduated high school and there are no outstanding child support arrearages. Child support can be terminated only by court order.
You must file a Motion and Notice of Motion with the Clerk of the Circuit Court and then appear in front of a judge. A form motion is available in the law library or on-line at https://www.illinoislegalaid.org/ . Child support can only be modified by court order. Child support can only be modified upon a showing of a “substantial change in circumstances.” See 750 ILCS 5/510.
These payments are made in the Circuit Clerk’s Office, but the checks are issued by the State Disbursement Unit. Please allow 10 to 14 business days for your check to arrive.
You can request a payment record for your case from the child support division. Requests can be made in person or through the mail. The Clerk will require a photo ID. If you plan on requesting the payment record through the mail, please call 847-377-3324 first to find out the fee amount and specific procedures.
Parties who are in agreement to the changes can always file a motion to request that the judge modify an order pursuant to their agreement. The judge can reject orders that are not appropriate or in accordance with state law.
Parties who are not in agreement to the changes must file a motion and a response containing specific factual allegations that support the reason for the change.
You must file a Motion and Notice of Motion with the Clerk of the Circuit Court and then appear in front of a judge. A form motion is available in the law library or on-line at https://www.illinoislegalaid.org/ . Child support can only be modified by court order.
If it has been more than two years since the date the Order allocating parental responsibilities (or your Parenting Plan) was entered, you must file a motion to modify the allocation of parental responsibilities which alleges facts showing a change of circumstances has occurred that necessitates modification to serve the best interests of your child.
You may file a motion to modify the Order allocating parental responsibilities (or your Parenting Plan) within 2 years if you have reason to believe the child’s current circumstances may “seriously endanger his/her mental, moral or physical health” or will “significantly impair the child’s emotional development.” See 750 ILCS 5/610.5. You must file a motion containing factual allegations that support your beliefs.
You may file a motion to modify parenting time at any time. You must file a motion containing factual allegations that support there has been a change of circumstances since the last order which necessitates the modification to serve the “child’s best interests.” For more information go to https://www.illinoislegalaid.org/
There is a small, non-refundable, convenience fee for using the online payment system, that is charged by our vendor. The fee is neither charged, nor collected by the Circuit Clerk’s Office and will be disclosed prior to you submitting your payment.
Payments may take up to 5 business days to post. If your court date is within the next week or within the past few days, you should pay in person at any one of our court locations. You may check the status of your outstanding balance on our Public Access site.
By local court rule (LCR 4-3.19) in the Circuit Court of Lake County, parties to a contested allocation of parental responsibilities (custody) or parenting time (visitation) cases are referred to mediation to attempt to negotiate a settlement of their dispute before their case goes to trial. The parties may also agree to submit financial issues to the mediation process.
You should try to determine whether you and the other party can come to an agreement on any major issues such as:
If you cannot come to an agreement, each party will present their case to the judge and ask the judge to decide the matters they cannot agree on. This process is called litigation.
You will have to engage in the litigation process by filing pleadings, motions, discovery and participating in hearings. For more resources, go to https://www.illinoislegalaid.org/
When you file a pleading, you have to send a copy of that to the other party. Also, the Clerk’s office will not automatically provide a copy of what you’ve filed to the judge. Therefore, if the filing is very detailed you may want to provide the judge with a copy ahead of your hearing date. This is known as a “courtesy copy” and it must be clear that the document has been filed and sent to the other party before it is sent to the Judge.
Arrive at least 15 minutes before the start of the court call and check in with the judge’s clerk sitting on either side of the judge’s seat. Listen for your name to be called and then step up to the bench.
You should receive a copy of whatever order is entered that day. Don’t leave the courtroom without it. Keep all of you court orders, pleadings, and any relevant documents in the same place. A folder or binder is very useful for this purpose. You should bring your folder/binder with you when you come to court.
Be specific about the issue you would like to address. Focus the conversation on the issue you’d like to address. Note that it might not be possible to address that issue today, but court personnel will try their best to help you. If needed, court personnel will ask you specific question to help you reach your goal.
Not every person who works at the courthouse knows how to answer every question. When speaking to court personnel, tell them your goal and ask if that is something they can help you with. If they can’t, ask if they know who can. Most people who work in the courthouse cannot give you legal advice; meaning they cannot strategize with you, evaluate your likelihood of success, or present your argument to the judge. Some, not all, court personnel can provide legal information; meaning they can tell you what you can do, not what you should do. Others can only answer question about court procedures.
You should be able to provide the clerk with the name of the case (abc vs. xyx) and the case number.
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You can obtain the forms from:
The Circuit Clerk’s website at lakecountycircuitclerk.org, at the Probate division of the Circuit Clerk’s Office at 18 N County St, Waukegan, IL (call at (847) 377-3734), or at the Law Library at 18 N County St, Waukegan, IL or email@example.com.
Hearings for Guardianship of a Minor cases are held at the Main Courthouse in Waukegan, IL in C-303. If you are representing yourself in a guardianship case, the court hearing will be scheduled on a Friday morning at 9:00 am.
That depends on the length of the court call.
Individuals must have all the following qualifications to serve as a Lake County, Illinois juror:
In Lake County, jurors are selected from lists of licensed drivers (at least 18 years of age) and registered voters. These are combined into a single juror database. For each week of jury service, the computer system randomly selects names to provide jurors for the Courts.
The Illinois General Assembly and the Lake County Board have established a per diem reimbursement for jury service. This reimbursement is not intended to replace daily wages. Rather, it's a token of the Court's appreciation and should cover your mileage and daily expenses during jury service. Debit cards will be distributed to jurors upon check-in.
Should a juror become ill while serving as a juror or an emergency arises, the juror should inform the Jury Assembly Room staff, or the judge if the juror is sitting on a trial. When the situation is explained, every effort will be made to find a solution. The juror may be excused or deferred to another date.
Upon notification from the Court, the Jury Commission staff will prepare a computer-generated, randomly selected panel of jurors. Court Security will escort the panel of jurors to the courtroom for Voir Dire (the process of jury selection). During voir dire, the judge and attorneys have the opportunity to question each juror regarding their ability to keep an open mind and to be fair. To be challenged is no reflection on the juror's integrity or usefulness.
Jurors will either be selected or excused for that particular case. If selected, the Court will instruct the jurors further. Jurors that are not selected for the case must report back the Jury Assembly Room for further instructions.
Only rarely is a jury sequestered. Sequestered jurors must remain with the Court during all mealtimes and overnight. The Court will provide meals, lodging, and the retrieval of jurors' personal items from their homes. Jurors will be told in advance if a jury is to be sequestered.
A petit, or trial jury, is generally 12 people sworn to try a criminal or civil case, hearing evidence and rendering a verdict. In some cases, additional jurors can be chosen as alternates. Some types of cases may use a jury of 6 people. A grand jury, so named because it is comprised of a greater number of people (16) than a petit jury, is sworn to hear evidence presented by the prosecution and determines if probable cause exists that a crime has been committed.
Jurors do not need to know the law. The juror must be able to reach conclusions about each aspect of the case based on the juror's own impartial and independent recollection of the evidence and then apply the laws as the judge explains them. To do this a juror must pay attention and listen closely to the evidence presented in Court. You must not make snap decisions or pre-judge but wait until the attorneys have completed their cases. Then the jury should consider the evidence and determine the facts of the case. The judge will instruct the jury as to what laws apply to the case and what they mean.
Civil cases are legal cases involving disputes between individuals or organizations in which some form of compensation may be awarded. The individual who brings the action is called the plaintiff, and the individual against whom the action is brought is called the defendant. The plaintiff starts the action by stating his or her claim against the defendant in a written complaint. The defendant disputes the claim by filing a written answer. The complaint and answer constitute the basic pleadings in the case. The points in the pleading upon which the parties disagree are the issues to be decided. If any defendant has a claim against the plaintiff or any other defendant, he or she may present it in the same case. Thus, a civil case might involve parties who have claims against each other and might involve more than 2 parties.
When a juror is summoned, they become a part of the judicial process of this state. The services of a juror are as important as those of the judge. Jurors are obligated to perform these services honestly and conscientiously without fear or favor. The jurors must base their verdict on the evidence as they will hear it in court and on the law as the judge instructs them. The entire group of jurors will be asked to rise and swear or affirm to answer truthfully all questions asked of them concerning their qualifications to act as a juror in the case. A prospective juror is questioned. The answers to these questions enable the Court and the lawyers to decide which jurors to select. It may seem that some of the questions are personal, but it is not the intent that any question should embarrass or reflect upon a juror in anyway. Each juror may be asked whether he or she has a personal interest in the outcome of the case, has preconceived opinions about it, or is prejudiced in any way. The law permits each attorney to excuse a certain number of jurors without giving reasons. This should not offend the juror, if they are excused from sitting on the jury.
The jury is composed of fair and impartial persons who will listen attentively and decide the case only upon the evidence and instructions of the Court. After the jury has been selected, the jurors will be asked to rise and swear or affirm to well and truly try the matters at issue and render a true verdict according to the law and the evidence. It is the duty of the juror to listen to the judge, witnesses and lawyers, to deliberate calmly and fairly, and to decide intelligently and justly. All of the evidence available to allow jurors to make a decision will be disclosed during the trial.
No. You cannot perform jury service in Lake County if you are no longer a legal resident of the county. However, you will be required to provide documentation of your residency elsewhere. Accepted forms of identification include any government issued identification (driver’s license, state ID, voter’s registration). If necessary, the Jury Commission will grant a one-time postponement to give you additional time to obtain the required documentation.
No. Childcare is unavailable.
Requests should be made to the Jury Commission no later than seven days prior to your scheduled week of jury service. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Court may provide an assistive listening device, interpreter or real-time captioning for the deaf. Written requests may be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Upon request, Jury Commission staff will provide a certificate of service at the end of jury service.
Additionally, jurors may find a certificate of service on the Jury Web Solutions Portal at www.19thcircuitcourt.state.il.us/juror.
Jurors are issued a debit card upon check-in. Jurors will be notified electronically when funds are available on their debit cards. Further information regarding juror debit cards can be found in the brochure distributed with the debit card and online at www.courtfunds.com.
Lunch is normally from 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m., but you must wait for the official lunch dismissal announcement. If you are in a courtroom, your lunch hour will vary according to the judge.
You will report to the Jury Assembly Room at the time indicated on the Jury Information System. Access to the building can be obtained through the Washington Street entrance. Attendance will be taken, and an orientation will be held which will answer many of the questions you may have about jury duty. Court personnel will be present to help you and answer any additional questions. You will remain in the Jury Assembly Room until you are selected for a trial or released for the day. Televisions and some reading materials are available. You may use your own laptop, tablet and/or cell phone while waiting in the Jury Assembly Room. You should be prepared to stay until 5:00 p.m.
To reduce juror waiting time in the Jury Assembly Room, the Court has instituted a Juror Information System. Under this system, summoned jurors must call either the Juror Information Recorded Message Line at 847-249-5879 or visit this
If your juror debit card has been lost or stolen, please contact Court Funds at 877-287-2448 or visit their website: www.courtfunds.com.
The BACK of the Jury Summons includes important information regarding Reporting Instructions and Parking Information.
Contact the Juvenile Public Service Clerk at 847-377-7925.
Services consist of individual, family, and group therapy that includes Parenting, Anger Management, and Seeking Safety, psychological testing, and coordination of referrals for community services for individuals on probation.