3. Instructions for Civil and Juvenile Case Categories
If a complaint in a civil case contains two or more counts that appear to fall under more
than one case category, the clerk shall determine which case category to use in assigning
the case number.
An Adoption case number shall be assigned to every adoption case.
An Arbitration case number shall be assigned to every arbitration-eligible case
at the time it is filed; the case shall retain the AR number even if it subsequently
is assigned to a civil court call. NOTE: This case category shall be used only by
counties that have initiated Mandatory Arbitration as defined by Supreme Court
Rules 86 through 95.
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A Chancery case number shall be assigned to a complaint for equitable relief in
matters such as foreclosures, trusts, and title to real property. If any equitable
relief is sought in a complaint, the case shall be classified as a CH case unless the
action is included under another category of the Case Code Letter and Category
A Dissolution case number shall be assigned to a complaint for dissolution of
marriage, annulment, or separate maintenance.
An Eminent Domain case number shall be assigned to proceedings involving
compensation to an owner for property taken for public use.
A Family case number shall be assigned to a variety of matters including
proceedings to establish the parent-child relationship, notice to putative fathers,