Year started: 1997
Neutrals: The arbitration panel consists of three members appointed by the court. The Chairperson must be a lawyer with five or more years of experience or a retired judge. At least one of the other members must be a non-lawyer.
Eligibility: Attorney fee disputes in divorce cases
Free Mediation Services Available?: No
The 18th Circuit Expedited Matrimonial Fee Arbitration Program was established in 1997. The program is governed by the Local Court Rule 15.22 and 750 ILCS 5/508(c).
After an arbitration order has been entered, parties must be assigned to an arbitration panel and set a date for hearing within 30 days or as soon as practicable. A status date must also be set within 60 days after the due date for the response. If one party is not present at the initial court date when the arbitration order is entered, the appearing party must deliver a copy of the order to the non-appearing party by mail or by hand delivery, within three business days.
All disputes of $500 or less will be arbitrated based on written documents including the Petition and response, without a hearing. The arbitration panel will hear all disputes over $500. Cases to be heard by an arbitration panel will require no more than 60 minutes for presentation and decision. The panel must make an award the same day as the hearing, which must be in writing signed by the arbitrators or the majority of them. The decision must include a clear statement of the disputed amount, whether and to whom monies are due, and in what amount, and must be sent to the parties within a reasonable time after the hearing.
The panel of arbitrators consists of 3 members appointed by the Presiding Judge of the Domestic Relations Division of the 18th Circuit. The Chairperson of the arbitration panel must be a lawyer who has engaged in matrimonial law for at least 5 years, or a retired judge. At least one of the remaining members must be a non-lawyer. The Chairperson must preside at the hearing and make rulings on objections to evidence or on other issues arising during the hearing.
Illinois 18th Judicial Circuit. Jan. 1, 2019
Resource Type: Rules - Court
Abstract: The local rules for Illinois' 18th Judicial Circuit serving DuPage county.
Article 13 - Mandatory Arbitration: Under this rule, all eligible cases valued between $10,000 and the monetary limit authorized by the Illinois Supreme Court must be referr...
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