Although the Attorney General’s Office will do its best to assist you, the Attorney General’s Office is prohibited from representing citizens privately. If you need a lawyer, please see our list of legal aid referrals or contact The Illinois State Bar Association.
Attorney General Kwame Raoul’s Consumer Protection Division protects Illinois consumers and businesses from fraud, deception, and unfair business practices.
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The Illinois Court System operates the Small Claims Court to handle certain types of cases to where the rules are simpler than in most court proceedings and where a lawyer may not be required. Small claims court is a civil court where you can sue someone for $10,000 or less (excluding interest of costs).
You may want to consider small claims court if, for example…
Any individual or corporation doing business in Illinois can sue or be sued in small claims court. The court may require the appointment of a guardian for those under 18 years of age.
Small claims court is under the jurisdiction of the Clerks of Courts Act (705 ILCS 105) and Supreme Court Rule 282. Fees are based on the population of the county and designated by county boards.
The process starts by first filing a Summons and Complaint. The needed forms are downloaded and are filed with the court clerk electronically with only a few exceptions. The Illinois Courts has a self-help guide that explains the process from the initiating the suit, through preparing and presenting your case, and the possible outcomes.
The tutorial is provided by the Illinois Legal Aid organization and can be specific to your county.