*The following types of cases are also heard in the municipal district courthouses: felony criminal cases; domestic relations cases; juvenile justice cases; and law division tort cases seeking damages in excess of $100,000.
Notice to Attorneys and Litigants
a. An attorney or litigant who is running late may call either the Office of the Clerk of the Circuit Court at (708) 865-6100, 865-5991 or 865-4973 or the Presiding Judge’s office at (708) 865-6060 and ask that a message be taken to the courtroom.
b. If an attorney or litigant is unable to make it to court or wants a continuance, a motion must be filed in the Clerk’s office for the courtroom where the case is pending. You cannot get a case continued over the telephone.
c. To determine whether a case is on the call and the location, an attorney or litigant should contact the Clerk’s office at (708) 865-6100, 865-5991, 865-4973 or 865-6040.
d. Pro se litigants (people without lawyers) are allowed to represent themselves but are held to the same standard as a lawyer.
e. When you receive notice that you have been sued, make sure you attend each and every court date. In a civil case, you will be required to file an appearance and depending on the amount of the suit, an answer to the complaint.
The courthouse is located south of the Eisenhower Expressway (I290), north of Madison Street and behind the old ComEd complex.
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