A Law Minor “LM” case number shall be assigned to tort, contract, and a variety of other actions in which the damages sought are $50,000 or less. The amount of damages contained in the complaint pursuant to Supreme Court Rule 222, excluding interest and costs, determines the category, not the amount of the verdict or judgment. Note that tort, contract, or tax collection cases in which the damages sought are $10,000 or less are assigned a Small Claims "SC" number.
This list of subcategories is not intended to be comprehensive: rather, it is intended to illustrate the kinds of actions that are to be filed under the Law Minor "LM" category.
• Application for Judgment
• Confession of Judgment
• Contract-Money Damages
• Distress for Rent
• Foreign Judgment
• Tort – Money Damages
Question: How do I file an Application for Judgment, Confession of Judgment, Contract-Money Damages, Distress for Rent, Detinue, Foreign Judgment, Replevin, Tort-Money Damages, and Transcript “LM” case?
Answer: As each Law Minor Case Filing is unique in its content, there are no standard complaint forms available to be filled out for Application for Judgment, Confession of Judgment, Contract-Money Damages, Distress for Rent, Detinue, Foreign Judgment, Replevin, Tort-Money Damages, or Transcript. A litigant who chooses to represent themselves Pro-Se will need to consult an attorney or prepare the appropriate complaint themselves. The Self-Help Center located in the third floor Law Library is available for research purposes.
Necessary forms for filing a Law Minor "LM" case include:
• Affidavit - Military Service (1 per Defendant)
• Complaint (No standard complaint form available)
• Cover Sheet
Download forms to the left or go to Court Forms for a complete list of all available forms.
Upon completion of the forms necessary for your case, you will need to file your forms at the Circuit Clerk’s Office room 108 at the civil counter. Fee due upon filing.
The clerk will issue one summons per party, and the filer will be responsible to have it served appropriately. If you choose to use the Winnebago County Sheriff’s Office for service, the clerk will collect the appropriate fees at this time.
Question: What do I do if I have been served with a summons?
Answer: Read the summons carefully and follow the instructions on the summons. If you wish to file an Answer and Appearance, download and complete the forms to the left. Fee due upon filing.
You must mail copies of the Answer and Appearance to the opposing party/attorney of record.
Pursuant to Illinois Statute (705 ILCS 110 / 1) the Circuit Clerk’s Office is unable to assist in the preparation of documents or give any legal advice.