Illinois Small Claims Court: An Overview

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What's the dollar limit for small claims court cases in Illinois?

The most you can ask for in a small claims case is $10,000.

Which court hears small claims cases in Illinois?

Small claims cases in Illinois are heard in the Small Claims Court.

Are attorneys allowed in small claims court in Illinois?

You are allowed to have an attorney represent you in small claims court in Illinois. Corporations are required to have an attorney.

Can a landlord bring an eviction lawsuit in small claims court in Illinois?

Eviction cases are allowed in small claims court in Illinois.

Do I have a right to a jury trial in small claims court in Illinois?

In Illinois, either party may demand a jury trial. The plaintiff must make the demand when filing suit; the defendant must make the demand within five days of being served or notice of suit, or at mediation/pretrial conference.

Where can I get more information about small claims court in Illinois?

For more information about Illinois small claims court, see www.ag.state.il.us/consumers/smlclaims.html.

Nolo's Small Claims Court area has many helpful related articles and a Small Claims Court FAQ. For more detailed help with filing a case, using the best strategy in court, and collecting your money if you win, see Everybody's Guide to Small Claims Court, by Attorney Ralph Warner (Nolo).

Last updated on 10/01/09.

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