Case Management Statement in Illinois Circuit Court–At A Glance

 Use this “At A Glance Guide” to learn the statewide rules of civil procedure (Illinois Compiled Statutes and Illinois Supreme Court Rules) applicable to case managment statements in Illinois Circuit Court. For more detailed information, including local rules, please see the SmartRules Guides for Case Management Statement in Illinois Circuit Court.


Unless a local rule provides otherwise, the Court must hold an initial case management conference within thirty-five (35) days after “the parties are at issue” and in no event more than one hundred and eighty-two (182) days after the filing of the complaint. IL Supreme Court R. 218(a).

At the initial conference the court will either set a date for trial or set a date for a subsequent conference. IL Supreme Court R. 218(b).

Case Management Statement Rules: 

 At the case management conference, counsel familiar with the case and authorized to act are required to appear and discuss the following issues:

(1) The Nature, Issues and Complexity of the Case. IL Supreme Court R. 218(a)(1).

(2) Simplification of the Issues. IL Supreme Court R. 218(a)(2).

(3) Amendments to the Pleadings. IL Supreme Court R. 218(a)(3).

(4) Narrowing Issues for Trial. At the conference counsel should be prepared to discuss the possibility of narrowing the issues for trial by obtaining admissions of fact and documents which will avoid unnecessary proof. IL Supreme Court R. 218(a)(4).

(5) Discovery Limitations. Counsel should attend the conference prepared to discuss reasonable limitations on discovery. IL Supreme Court R. 218(a)(5). These may include:
(a) Limiting the number and duration of depositions. IL Supreme Court R. 218(a)(5)(i).
(b) The number of expert witnesses who may be called at trial and their areas of expertise. IL Supreme Court R. 218(a)(5)(ii).
(c) Deadlines for disclosure of witnesses, completion of depositions, and completion of written discovery. IL Supreme Court R. 218(a)(5)(iii).

(6) Settlement. The court may explore the possibility of settlement and if appropriate schedule a settlement conference. IL Supreme Court R. 218(a)(6).

(7) ADR. The court may use the conference to consider the advisability of alternative dispute resolution in the action. IL Supreme Court R. 218(a)(7).

(8) Setting a Trial Ready Date. IL Supreme Court R. 218(a)(8).

(9) Additional Conferences and Other Matters. At the case management conference counsel and the court will discuss the need for subsequent case management conferences. IL Supreme Court R. 218(a)(9). The court may also explore any other matters which may aid in the disposition of the action. IL Supreme Court R. 218(a)(10).

The authorities cited in this At A Glance Guide are current as of the publication date. For authorities updated in real time, please see the SmartRules Guide for the litigation document you are drafting.

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