GENERAL ORDER NO. 19.2 - Collection and Distribution of Funds

A. The Clerk of the Circuit Court of Cook County shall charge and collect a Dispute Resolution Fund fee of ONE DOLLAR ($1.00) in all civil cases. Such fee shall be paid by the party initiating the action at the time of filing the first pleading. Notwithstanding the foregoing, such fees shall not be charged in any proceeding commenced on behalf of a unit of local government.

B. Fees collected in a given month shall be remitted by the Clerk of the Circuit Court to the County Treasurer by the end of the following month.

C. The Clerk of the Circuit Court shall establish and maintain a system of accounts verifying all Dispute Resolution Fund fees collected and remitted.

D. Upon receipt of the Dispute Resolution Fund fees from the Clerk of the Circuit Court each month, the County Treasurer shall promptly disburse to the Dispute Resolution Fund the entire amount of such fees. The County Treasurer shall maintain a system of accounts verifying all Dispute Resolution Fund fees received and disbursed.

E. Annual grant disbursements will be made from the Fund to dispute resolution centers qualifying for funding under General Orders 19.3 and 19.4, subject to the provisions of Section 4 of the Illinois Not-For-Profit Dispute Resolution Center Act. The full amount of each qualified center's grant shall be allocated in one disbursement each year.

F. Each qualifying dispute resolution center's share of the annual disbursement shall be based on its proportion of the number of cases resolved by all qualifying centers in the twelve (12) month period ending November 30 of the year of application. A case shall be deemed resolved when a written agreement setting forth the obligations of the disputants is signed by all such disputants. In no event shall the disbursement to any dispute resolution center in one year exceed two hundred thousand dollars ($200,000.00).

G. Monies from the Dispute Resolution Fund shall be disbursed to qualified resolution centers to the fullest extent allowable by law. If any amount remains in the Fund after the annual disbursement, it shall be paid to the County Treasurer for the administration of justice in the Circuit Court of Cook County.

[Dated March 9, 1989.]

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