The local rules for Illinois' 16th Judicial Circuit serving Kane County.
Article 5 - Mandatory Residential Foreclosure Mediation Program: All residential foreclosure cases in Kane County are subject to mediation. The rules outline mediation procedure, mediator qualifcations and appointment, and confidentiality.
Article 10 - Civil Case Mediation Program: These rules detail the Circuit's Civil Case Medaition Program. Certain cases are not eligible for the program including small claims cases, forcible entry/detainer/eviction cases, mandatory arbitration cases, and foreclosure case. Judges may refer any case where the value claimed exceeds $50,000 to the mediation program. In addition to describing the referral and medaition process, the rules also outline mediator qualifications, conflicts of interest, removal of mediators, compensation for mediators, and
Article 11- Mandatory Arbitration: This section applies to court-annexed arbitration for major civil litigation. It details the rules and procedures regarding arbitration, including actions eligible for arbitration, scheduling of arbitration hearings, and arbitration hearing procedures.
Article 14.15 - Family Mediation Program: The rule limits court-referred mediation to issues of child custody, visitation, removal, or other non-economic issues relating to the child or children, and excludes any cases in which an impairment of one of the parties is found to exist. It outlines the qualifications of mediators and the referral and mediation process. It also addresses conflict of interest, provides for confidentiality, gives instructions regarding the provision of a status report and provides a method by which fees will be paid.
Article 16.03 - Child Protection Mediation Program: Article 16 of the Kane County Local Rules outlines the court's rules for Abuse, Neglect, and Dependency. Rule 16.03 outlines the court's Child Protection Mediation Program. The Child Protection Mediation Program focuses on issues relating to the temporary or permanent allocation of parental responsibilities and parenting time in cases involving abuse, neglect, or dependent minors, minors requiring authoritative intervention, or minors with addiction. The rules also provide additional information on how mediators are appointed, required mediator qualifications, and the scheduling of mediation conferences.