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Local Rules of the 23rd Judicial Circuit

Local Court Rules are used as a means to govern how the court operates. Below are links to the various court rules. (Amendment to Articles I and II dated June 15, 2021)

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ARTICLE I: ADMINISTRATION OF THE COURT
1.0 Powers of the Court to Adopt Rules
1.05 General Rules
1.10 Meetings
1.15 Selection of a Chief Judge
1.20 Authority of the Chief Judge
1.25 Assignment of Judges
1.30 Substitution of Judges-Change of Venue
1.35 Authority of Presiding Judges
1.40 Attorney Registration-Addresses of Parties and Attorneys
1.45 Dismissal for Lack of Activity
1.50 Decisions Within 60 Days
1.55 Place and Hours of Holding Court
1.60 Use of Electronic Devices and Photography/Video Within Court Facilities
1.65 Extended Media Coverage
1.70 Court Reporting Services
1.80 Selection of Public Defender
1.85 Release of Probation Records
1.90 Suspension of Local Rules

ARTICLE II: CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT
2.0 Office of the Circuit Clerk
2.05 Filing of Papers
2.10 Removal of Papers Filed
2.15 Copies of Papers Filed
2.20 Delivery of Files to Bailiff
2.25 Maintaining Daily Call Sheets
2.30 Files Present in the Courtroom
2.35 Judge’s Notes
2.40 Application for Waiver of Court Fees
2.45 Guidelines for Court Personnel in Assisting Self-Represented Litigants
2.50 Clerk Use of Standardized Forms
2.55 Documents Filed with the Circuit Clerk
2.60 Removal of Court Files and Documents
2.65 E-Filing
2.70 Authority for E-Records

ARTICLE III: SHERIFF
3.0 Duties of Sheriff
3.05 Consultation with Presiding Judge
3.10 Courtroom Security
3.15 Rules as to Bailiffs

ARTICLE IV: JURY SERVICES
4.0 Juror Selection
4.05 Consultation with Presiding Judge
4.10 Compensation of Jurors
4.15 Jury Commission

ARTICLE V: CIVIL PROCEEDINGS
5.0 Case Management
5.05 Clerk’s Notice: Dismissal for Want of Prosecution
5.10 Dismissal for Lack of Activity
5.15 Pleadings to be Readily Comprehensible
5.20 Motions Generally
5.25 Particular Motions
5.30 Contested Motions
5.35 Motions for Substitution of Judge
5.40 Motions for Consolidation of Cases
5.45 Emergency Motions and Emergency Relief
5.50 Discovery General Provisions
5.55 Motions Relating to Discovery
5.60 Jury Trials
5.65 Settlements/Judgments: Minors, Wards, and Disabled Persons
5.70 Motions, Petitions, and Orders
5.75 Small Claims: Discovery; Filing of Counter-claims, Cross-claims, Intervenor Suits and Third Party Complaints
5.80 Continuances
5.85 Service of Summons, Citations
5.90 Citations to Discover Assets
5.95 Rules to Show Cause, Body Attachment

ARTICLE VI: DOMESTIC RELATIONS PROCEEDINGS
6.0 Definitions
6.05 Marriage
6.10 Setting of Cases on Court Calls
6.15 Orders of Protection, Civil No Contact Orders, & No Stalking Orders
6.20 Deleted
6.25 Affidavits Relating to Income and Expenses
6.30 Prove-ups
6.35 Reinstatement
6.40 Maintenance or Support Payments
6.45 Discovery Rules in Family Law Cases
6.50 Pretrial/Settlement Conferences
6.55 Setting of Trials
6.60 Family Mediation Program
6.65 Mandatory Parent Education Program
6.70 Guardian Ad Litem, Attorney for Children, and Child’s Representative
6.75 Evaluation for Allocation of Parental Responsibility

ARTICLE VII: JUVENILE PROCEEDINGS
7.0 Purpose and Policy
7.05 Juvenile Court Judges
7.10 Interstate Compact on Juveniles
7.15 Appointment of Counsel
7.20 Scheduling
7.25 Secure Custody and Detention of Minors
7.30 Discovery
7.35 Discovery

ARTICLE VIII: CRIMINAL PROCEEDINGS
8.0 Applicability of Rules
8.05 Courtrooms and Case Assignments
8.10 Consolidation of Offenses
8.15 Assignment to Trial Calls
8.20 Criminal Defendant’s Appearance by a Two-Way Audio/Video Communication System
8.25 Petitions to Expunge Records of Arrest
8.30 Processing Returns on Bench Warrants
8.35 Release on Individual Bond Without Posting Cash Security
8.40 Statutory Fee for Failure to Appear Warrants
8.45 Interstate Compact Transfer of Adult Probation

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