Year started: 1989
Neutrals: Retired judges and attorneys who reside, practice or maintain an office in the 18th Circuit.
Eligibility: Civil actions exclusively for monetary claims between $10,000 and $50,000, and all small claims cases with jury demands.
Free Mediation Services Available?: No
The 18th Circuit Arbitration program was established in January 1989. The program is governed by Local Rule 13 and Supreme Court Rules 86-95, and is funded by filing fees in accordance with ILSC 5/2-1009A. Under the rules, the court must refer to arbitration all civil actions filed with the court that are exclusively for monetary claims between $10,000 and $50,000, as well as all small claims cases with jury demands.
According to the rules, each case is heard by a panel of three arbitrators, at least one of whom is qualified to act as chair. The program maintains a list of court-approved arbitrators, who are appointed to cases on a rotating basis. The arbitrators are retired judges and attorneys who have practiced law for at least one year. They must reside, practice or maintain an office in the 18th Circuit. Retired judges or attorneys who have at least five years of trial practice are eligible to become chairs of arbitration panels. All arbitrators must attend an approved training and understand the Supreme Court rules governing the program. As of 2007, the court had a roster of 401 approved arbitrators.
Arbitrators are paid $100 per hearing, by the court, and parties do not pay a fee. Hearings last about two hours and are open to the public. All parties and attorneys to the lawsuit are required to attend. If a party fails to appear, the panel may enter an award in favor of the present party, and the court may enter judgment on the award. Such an award may later be vacated, but court costs may be assessed.
Between the 2007 and 2011 fiscal years, the program's average annual caseload was 4,972 cases, a decrease from the 2005 to 2009 average of 5,286 cases annually. In the fiscal year of 2011, 4,258 of 4,601 cases were disposed (93%), a higher percentage than the five-year average of 85%. In 2011, 391 arbitration hearings were held, with 70 awards accepted (18%) and 186 awards rejected (48%). The remaining 135 cases in which no award was entered either settled before an award was entered or were pending at the end of the fiscal year. Only 27 cases, less than 1% of the program's caseload, proceeded to trial.
Jan. 23, 2006
Abstract: Under this rule, all eligible cases valued between $10,000 and the monetary limit authorized by the Illinois Supreme Court must be referred to non-binding arbitration. The rule outlines the necessary qualifications to be placed on the roster of appro...
Summary: These annual reports summarize activity for all Illinois court-annexed mandatory arbitration programs. Programs featured in the report include the: 3rd Circuit*, 11th Circuit, 12th Circuit, 14th Circuit, 16th Circuit, 17th Circuit, 18th Circuit, 19th Circuit, 20th Circuit, 22nd Circuit*, and the Circuit Court of Cook County mandatory arbitration programs.
The report provides statewide statistics per fiscal year for each arbitration program and covers case types, caseload, average award amount, and average number of days that cases began in arbitration through final resolution. The report also features individual circuit profiles.
*Please note that reports on the 3rd Circuit mandatory arbitration program appear in the 2008-2016 annual reports and that reports on the 22nd Circuit mandatory arbitration program appear in the 2007-2016 annual reports. Reports on the remaining circuits can be found in each of the 2001-2017 annual reports.
2001 Annual Report
2002 Annual Report
2003 Annual Report
2004 Annual Report
2005 Annual Report
2006 Annual Report
2007 Annual Report
2008 Annual Report
2009 Annual Report
2010 Annual Report
2011 Annual Report
2012 Annual Report
2013 Annual Report
2014 Annual Report
2015 Annual Report
2016 Annual Report
2017 Annual Report
Loretta GlennyArbitration Administrator
18th Judicial Circuit
126 South County Farm Road
Wheaton, IL 60187
phone: (630) 653-5803
fax: (630) 462-3726