The Circuit Court of Cook County is one of the largest unified court systems in the United States. Most commercial cases are filed either in the County Department (primarily the Law or Chancery Divisions), or the Municipal Department (when the relief sought does not meet the minimum threshold for the County Department). Local procedures are governed by the Rules of the Court, General Orders, and specific standing orders issued by each Judge.
Local procedures for the U.S. District Court for Northern District of Illinois are governed by the Local Rules, as well as the standing orders for each Judge. The District also participates in pilot projects, including the Mandatory Initial Discovery Pilot Project, which requires parties in civil cases to respond to standard discovery requests within a set timeframe after the pleadings are filed.
ASG Law can help you navigate local procedures, as well as Illinois specific law.