From GG–Jenner & Block’s Legal Reference Guide–keep it handy!

you can find it here:

https://jenner.com/system/assets/assets/6531/original/Illinois_20Civil_20Practice_20Guide_2012.pdf

TABLE OF CONTENTS

CITING ILLINOIS CASES IN ILLINOIS COURT PLEADINGS .

JURY DEMAND  PLEADINGS

A. FORM OF PLEADINGS

B. THE COMPLAINT

C. VERIFIED PLEADINGS

D. AFFIDAVIT REGARDING DAMAGES SOUGHT

E. EXHIBITS

F.  ANSWERING THE COMPLAINT

i. Time to Appear and Answer

ii.     Waiver of Service

iii.   Denials ………………………………………………………………………………………………….5

iv. Affirmative Defenses ………………………………………………………………………………5

G. REPLIES TO ANSWERS AND AFFIRMATIVE DEFENSES …………………………….6

H. COUNTERCLAIMS AND CROSS-CLAIMS …………………………………………………….6

I. REPLIES TO COUNTERCLAIMS …………………………………………………………………..7

J. THIRD PARTY COMPLAINTS ………………………………………………………………………7

K. INTERVENTION  ……………………………………………………………………………7

L. SANCTIONS FOR IMPROPER PLEADINGS OR OTHER FILINGS ………………….8

IV. MOTIONS ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………8 A. MOTION FOR SUBSTITUTION OF JUDGE ……………………………………………………8

i. As a Matter of Right ………………………………………………………………………………..8

ii. As a Matter of Cause ……………………………………………………………………………….9

B. MOTION TO CHALLENGE PERSONAL JURISDICTION ……………………………….9

C. MOTION TO CHALLENGE VENUE …………………………………………………………….10

D. MOTION TO DISMISS OR TRANSFER FOR FORUM NON CONVENIENS ………………………………………………………………………………………………11

E. MOTION FOR BILL OF PARTICULARS ………………………………………………………11

F. MOTION TO CONSOLIDATE OR SEVER CLAIMS ………………………………………12

G. MOTION FOR VOLUNTARY DISMISSAL ……………………………………………………12

H. PRE-ANSWER MOTION TO DISMISS ………………………………………………………….13

i. Time for Filing and Proof of Service ……………………………………………………….13

ii. 2-615 Motion to Dismiss ………………………………………………………………………..13

iii. 2-619 Motion for Involuntary Dismissal ………………………………………………….14

iv. Combined 2-615/2-619 Motions ……………………………………………………………..15

I. MOTION FOR CONTINUANCE ……………………………………………………………………15

J. MOTION FOR EXTENSION OF TIME ………………………………………………………….15

K. SUMMARY JUDGMENT MOTIONS …………………………………………………………….15

i. Timeframe for Moving for Summary Judgment ………………………………………..15

ii. Procedure for Moving for Summary Judgment …………………………………………16

L. MOTION FOR DEFAULT …………………………………………………………………………….16

M. MOTION TO WITHDRAW …………………………………………………………………………..16

V. DISCOVERY    ……………………………………………………………………………..17

A. COMMENCING CASE MANAGEMENT AND DISCOVERY …………………………17

B. SCOPE OF DISCOVERY ………………………………………………………………………………  18      i. Generally ……………………………………………………………………………………………..18       ii. When a Motion Challenging Personal Jurisdiction is Pending …………………….18

C. FILING DISCOVERY WITH THE COURT …………………………………………………….18

D. MANDATORY DISCLOSURES IN CERTAIN TYPES OF CASES ………………….19

E. DOCUMENT REQUESTS …………………………………………………………………………….20

i. Serving Requests for Production ……………………………………………………………..20

ii. Responding or Objecting to Document Requests ………………………………………20

iii. Electronically Stored Documents …………………………………………………………….21

F. INTERROGATORIES …………………………………………………………………………………..22 i. Serving Interrogatories …………………………………………………………………………..22

ii. Responding or Objecting to Interrogatories ………………………………………………22

G. DEPOSITIONS   ………………………………………………………………………………23

i. Evidence Depositions v. Discovery Depositions ……………………………………….23

ii. Method of Taking Depositions ……………………………………………………………….24

iii. Records Depositions ……………………………………………………………………………..25 iv. Deposing Corporate Representatives ……………………………………………………….25

v. Deposing or Subpoenaing Out of State Witnesses ……………………………………..25

1. Deposing Physicians ……………………………………………………………………..25

2. Enforcing Compliance …………………………………………………………………..26

H. REQUESTS TO ADMIT ………………………………………………………………………………..26 I. ISSUING SUBPOENAS AND SUBPOENAS DUCES TECUM ………………………..26

i. Overview ……………………………………………………………………………………………..26

ii. Compelling the Appearances of Deponents ………………………………………………27

iii. Production of Documents in Lieu of Deposition ……………………………………….27

J. EXPERT DISCLOSURE ………………………………………………………………………………..27

i. Independent Experts ………………………………………………………………………………27

ii. Controlled Experts ………………………………………………………………………………..27

iii. Disclosing Draft Expert Reports and Correspondence with Experts …………….28

iv. Rebuttal Experts ……………………………………………………………………………………28

K. MOTIONS TO COMPEL/SANCTIONS FOR NON-COMPLIANCE …………………28

L. PROTECTIVE ORDERS ……………………………………………………………………………….29

M. DISCOVERY DISPUTES ………………………………………………………………………………30

VI. TRIAL  ………………………………………………………………………………………………………….30

A. CONTINUANCES ………………………………………………………………………………………..30

B. COMPELLING APPEARANCES OF WITNESSES AT ARBITRATION OR TRIAL …………..30

C. JURY INSTRUCTIONS ………………………………………………………………………………..30

i. Overview ……………………………………………………………………………………………..30

ii. Illinois Pattern Jury Instructions ……………………………………………………………..31

iii. Jury Instructions in Tort Cases ………………………………………………………………..32

D. SPECIAL INTERROGATORIES ……………………………………………………………………32

E. JUROR QUESTIONS TO WITNESSES ………………………………………………………….33

VII. JUDGMENT  …………………………………………………………………33

A. MOTIONS TO VACATE ……………………………………………………………………………….33

i. Within 30 Days of a Final Order or Judgment …………………………………………..33

ii. After 30 Days of a Final Order or Judgment……………………………………………..33

iii. Computing the 2 Year Period for Filing a Motion to Vacate ……………………….34

B. POST-TRIAL MOTIONS ………………………………………………………………………………34

i. Jury Trials ……………………………………………………………………………………………34

ii. Bench Trials …………………………………………………………………………………………35

C. APPEALS  ………………………………………………………………………………….35

i. Time to Appeal after Entry of Final Judgment ………………………………………….35

ii. Immediate Appeal to Illinois Supreme Court ……………………………………………36

iii. Appeal After Post-Judgment Motions Granted or Denied …………………………..36

iv. Appeal of Final Judgments That Do Not Dispose of an Entire Proceeding Case …….36

v. Interlocutory Appeals …………………………………………………………………………….37

vi. Certified Questions ……………………………………………………………………………….37

vii. Appealing a Temporary Restraining Order ……………………………………………….38

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