Last Updated: December 12, 2017
12/12/2017 - Added note about filing motion on Cook county case for Retired / Inactive Judge
08/31/2017 - Added the section Inactive / Retired Judge Listed and updated the IMPORTANT message text.
06/03/2013 - Added Reopen Menu
04/06/ 2009 - Created
There are five (5) events available for use to file a Motion to Reopen a Case;
Reopen Chapter 11 Case
Reopen Chapter 12 Case
Reopen Chapter 13 Case
Reopen Chapter 15 Case
Reopen Chapter 7 Case
Select the event according to the chapter of the case.
Inactive / Retired Judge Listed
If an inactive / retired Judge for example, Judge Schwartz is lisetd on the case, refer to Administrative Order 17-01.
Note: File only the Motion to Reopen before the Chief Judge. Once Reopened, the case will be reassigned to a current Judge. You can then file your specific motion before the assigned Judge.
Reopen Case Filing Fee
A filing fee is required as outlined below.
Enter case number and click Next
Select Appropriate Reopen event from pick list and click Next
Select Party from party pick list
REMINDER: The title of your proposed order should match the title of your motion. Please remember to attach your proposed order and select the category Proposed Order. If attaching more than 1 proposed order, please add the specific title in the description field. Example Proposed Order - Relief from Stay Proposed Order - Dismiss Case.
IMPORTANT: If you are reopening the case for the Judge to rule on a specific matter, you can file a multi-part motion and include that relief in the same event. To file a multi-part motion, use the Ctrl key to select Motion to Reopen and the other event, i.e. Motion to Avoid Lien, Motion for Sanctions etc. Only 1 proposed order is required unless you are asking for alternative relief.
EXCEPTION:If case is Cook County and the Judge is retired, file only the Motion to Reopen before the Chief Judge. Once reopened, the case will be reassigned to a current Judge.
The PDF Document selection screen will display.
A fee screen may display. If yes, click Next. If no, Skip to Step 10.
The Hearing Screen will display.
The Modify Text screen will display.
The Final Text screen will display. This is your final opportunity to modify the entry before submitting the filing.
Verify the accuracy of the docket text
Click Next to complete filing process
The Notice of Electronic Filing will display. It is the verification that the filing has been sent electronically to the court.
Copies of this notice and the document filed are emailed to all participants who receive electronic notification in the case. You have a period of 15 days for a one time free look at the document filed.