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 Lake County

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 Timing

For Most Actions -- 30 Days

Unless a specific appearance date is required by statute, local rule or Supreme Court rule, a summons should more...   

Computation of Time and Answer After Motion

When the summons requires appearance within 30 days after service, exclusive of the day of service (see Rule more...

If Summons Requires Appearance --10 Days After Appearance

In actions for money damages of less than $50,000 exclusive of interest and costs, or in actions subject more...

Answer Time May Be Extended for Cause

The Illinois courts are liberal in exercising the discretion granted them to extend the time to answer or more...

If No Summons Served

A party who appears in an action without having been served with a summons is required to plead more...

Answer to Counterclaim -- 21 Days

Answers by parties already before the court to counterclaims must be filed within twenty-one (21) days after the more...

Answer to Third Party Complaint

Subsequent pleadings shall be filed as in the case of a complaint and with like designation and effect. more...

Reply to Answer -- 21 Days

Replies to answers shall be filed within 21 days after the last day allowed for the filing of more...

 Pleading Rules

Order and Type of Pleadings

The first pleading by the plaintiff shall be designated a complaint. The first pleading by the defendant shall more...

Identify All Parties

The body of a pleading must set forth the names of all parties for and against whom relief more...

Misnomer

Misnaming a party is not grounds for dismissal, but on motion and on any terms and proof the more...

Fictitious Names

Upon application and for good cause, the pleading may list parties under fictitious names. . more...

Unknown Interested Parties

Interested parties whose names are unknown may be made parties to the action by the name and description more...

Joinder

Plaintiffs

All persons may join in one action as plaintiffs, in whom any right to relief in respect of more...

Defendants

Any person may be made a defendant who, either jointly, severally or in the alternative, is alleged to more...

Misjoinder

No action shall be dismissed for misjoinder of parties, or dismissed for nonjoinder of necessary parties without first affording more...

Interpleader

Persons having claims against the plaintiff arising out of the same or related subject matter may be joined more...

Causes of Action

Fact Pleading

All pleadings must contain a "plain and concise statement of the pleader's cause of action, counterclaim, defense, or more...

Numbering and Identification

A party may plead as many causes of action, counterclaims, defenses, and matters in reply as he or more...

Pleading in the Alternative

When a party is in doubt as to which of two or more statements of fact is true, more...

Incorporation By Reference

Facts that are adequately stated in one part of a pleading may be incorporated by reference (rather than more...

Pleadings in Equity

Single Equitable Cause of Action

Matters within the jurisdiction of a court of equity, whether directly or as an incident to other matters more...

Joinder of Legal and Equitable Matters

When actions at law and in chancery that may be prosecuted separately are joined, the party joining the more...

For Multiple Count Pleadings, Give Short Title for Each Count

If a pleading contains multiple counts or affirmative defenses, each count or defense must bear a short title more...

Pleading Must Be "Readily Comprehensible"

If the incorporation of facts by reference to another pleading or to another part of the same pleading more...

Inform Opposing Party of Claim or Defense

No pleading is insufficient if it contains such information as would reasonably inform the opposite party of the more...

Attaching Written Instruments as Exhibits

In pleading any written instrument, the pleader may attach a copy of the instrument as an exhibit. more...

Verification

Unless specifically required by statute or local rule, pleadings need not be verified. . However, any party may choose to verify his or her pleading. more...

Jury Demand

If the complaining party does not demand trial by jury, a defendant desiring trial by jury must file more...

Local Rule -- Jury Demand Must Be Separate Document

A written jury demand filed by a party in any matter must be contained in a separate document, more...

Pleading the Answer

Form of Denials

Denials must be explicit. . Denials cannot be evasive and must fairly meet the substance of the allegations they respond to. more...

Denials for Want of Knowledge

A party who lacks knowledge or information sufficient to form a belief about the truth or falsity of more...

Contesting Damages Only

A party may state in his or her pleading that he or she desires to contest only the more...

Affirmative Defenses

Affirmative defenses seeking to avoid the legal effect of or otherwise defeat the cause of action set forth more...

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Any other ground or defense, whether affirmative or not, which, if not expressly stated in the pleading, would more...

Subject Matter Jurisdiction and Abatement

Defenses to jurisdiction of the subject matter or in abatement or in bar may be pleaded together, without more...

Supplemental Pleadings

Supplemental pleadings setting forth matters that arise after the original pleadings are filed may be filed within a more...

Consolidation

The Court may order a consolidation of pleadings into one finished comprehensible set. . more...

Bill of Particulars

Within the time a party is to respond to a pleading, that party may, if allegations are so more...

Answer to Counterclaim or Third-Party Complaint

An answer to a counterclaim "and pleadings subsequent thereto" is filed "as in the case of a complaint" more...

 Special Requirements for Particular Matters

Class Action Allegations

Rules regarding class actions are found at . more...

Breach of Statutory Duty

A pleading that alleges a breach of statutory duty must cite the relevant statute in connection with the more...

Judgment, Order, or Decision

When a pleading alleges the existence of a judgment, order, or decision of a state or federal court, more...

Pleading a Condition Precedent

When a pleading alleges the performance of a condition precedent, it is sufficient to allege generally that the more...

Denying Allegation Re: Condition Precedent

In order to deny a pleader's allegation that he or she performed all conditions, the responding party must more...

Pleading Equitable Matters

Matters within the jurisdiction of a court of equity, or that a court of equity may hear in more...

Joinder of Legal and Equitable Matters

When actions at law and in chancery that may be prosecuted separately are joined, the party joining the more...

Affidavit in Lieu of Answer to Medical Malpractice Complaint

In certain medical malpractice actions, the defendant may, in lieu of answering, file an affidavit that he or more...

 Form & Format of Papers

Local Formatting Rules

Title, Case Number, No Backing, Stapling, One-Sided Papers

All pleadings must include a cause entitlement and number, shall not contain a backing sheet and, if such more...

Attorney Information

Each pleading filed in the Court shall contain the full name, office address, telephone number and State of more...

Back of Last Page

All pleadings filed in this Court shall indicate on the back of the last page of each document more...

Compliance

The Clerk is not required to accept for filing any document that does not comply with the Supreme more...

Leave Two and One-Quarter Inches (2 ") Lower Margin On First Page

In all Law cases, the first page of the initial pleading must have a bottom margin of at more...

Caption

Title

Every pleading must be "entitled in the court and cause," and the "plaintiff's name shall be placed first." more...

Names of Parties

In a case with more than one plaintiff or more than one defendant, every document (except the summons) more...

Designation of Circuit Court Division

The caption of every pleading initiating a civil action or proceeding must include the words "at law," "in more...

Name and Address of Responsible Party

All filed in the cause or served on an opposing party must bear the name and business address and more...

Indicate If Service Permitted by Fax

If service by facsimile is permitted for the case, and the party filing the will accept facsimile service, the more...

Signature

Every pleading, motion, or other paper must be signed by at least one attorney of record, and the more...

By signing a paper, the signer certifies: more...

The Court may impose sanctions against anyone who signs a document in violation of any of these requirements. more...

Additional Formatting Requirements

Lake County SmartRules procedural guide: GENERALLY APPLICABLE RULES AND FORMATTING REQUIREMENTS. more...

 Additional Documents

Notice of Claim of Unconstitutionality

In any cause or proceeding in which the constitutionality or preemption by federal law of a statute, ordinance, more...

Contents and Time for Filing Notice

The notice shall identify the particular statute, ordinance, regulation, or other law, and shall briefly describe the nature more...

Jury Demand

If the complaining party does not demand trial by jury, a defendant desiring trial by jury must file more...

Local Rule -- Jury Demand Must Be Separate Document

A written jury demand filed by a party in any matter must be contained in a separate document, more...

Local Rule -- Appearance and Certificate of Attorney

Attorneys appearing in any matter shall file a separate Appearance Form, which includes in typewritten form or in more...

In any civil matter, including D and F cases, the claimant/plaintiff/petitioner shall file the appropriate Certificate of Attorney identifying more...

These forms can be found online on the Clerk of the 19th Judicial Circuit Court's website at: more...

 Filing & Service

Filing

Certificate of Service

All pleadings other than the complaint, all written motions, and all other required to be filed must be filed with a certificate of service. more...

Method

Lake County SmartRules procedural guide: FILING DOCUMENTS. more...

Lake County Fee Schedule

The schedule of Lake County filing fees is available online at: . more...

Service

Lake County SmartRules procedural guide: SERVICE OF PAPERS. more...

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