(750 ILCS 60/202)
(from Ch. 40, par. 2312-2)
Commencement of action; filing fees; dismissal.
(a) How to commence action. Actions for orders of protection are commenced:
(1) Independently: By filing a petition for an order
of protection in any civil court, unless specific courts are designated by local rule or order.
(2) In conjunction with another civil proceeding: By
filing a petition for an order of protection under the same case number as another civil proceeding involving the parties, including but not limited to: (i) any proceeding under the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act, Illinois Parentage Act of 1984, Nonsupport of Spouse and Children Act, Revised Uniform Reciprocal Enforcement of Support Act or an action for nonsupport brought under Article 10 of the Illinois Public Aid Code, provided that a petitioner and the respondent are a party to or the subject of that proceeding or (ii) a guardianship proceeding under the Probate Act of 1975, or a proceeding for involuntary commitment under the Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Code, or any proceeding, other than a delinquency petition, under the Juvenile Court Act of 1987, provided that a petitioner or the respondent is a party to or the subject of such proceeding.
(3) In conjunction with a delinquency petition or a
criminal prosecution: By filing a petition for an order of protection, under the same case number as the delinquency petition or criminal prosecution, to be granted during pre-trial release of a defendant, with any dispositional order issued under Section 5-710 of the Juvenile Court Act of 1987 or as a condition of release, supervision, conditional discharge, probation, periodic imprisonment, parole or mandatory supervised release, or in conjunction with imprisonment or a bond forfeiture warrant; provided that:
(i) the violation is alleged in an information,
complaint, indictment or delinquency petition on file, and the alleged offender and victim are family or household members or persons protected by this Act; and
(ii) the petition, which is filed by the State's
Attorney, names a victim of the alleged crime as a petitioner.
(b) Filing, certification, and service fees. No fee shall be charged
by the clerk for filing, amending, vacating, certifying, or photocopying
petitions or orders; or for issuing alias summons; or for any
related filing service. No
fee shall be charged by the sheriff for service by the sheriff of a
rule, motion, or order in an action commenced under this Section.
(c) Dismissal and consolidation. Withdrawal or dismissal of any
petition for an order of protection prior to adjudication where the
petitioner is represented by the State shall operate as a dismissal without
prejudice. No action for an order of protection shall be dismissed because
the respondent is being prosecuted for a crime against the petitioner. An
independent action may be consolidated with another civil proceeding, as
provided by paragraph (2) of subsection (a) of this Section. For any
action commenced under paragraph (2) or (3) of subsection (a) of this Section,
dismissal of the conjoined case (or a finding of not guilty) shall not
require dismissal of the action
for the order of protection; instead, it may be treated as an
independent action and, if necessary and appropriate, transferred to a
different court or division. Dismissal of any conjoined case shall not affect
validity of any previously issued order of protection, and thereafter
subsections (b)(1) and (b)(2) of Section 220 shall be inapplicable to
(d) Pro se petitions. The court shall provide, through the office of
the clerk of the court, simplified forms and clerical assistance to help
with the writing and filing of a petition under this Section by any person
not represented by counsel. In addition, that assistance may be provided
by the state's attorney.
(Source: P.A. 93-458, eff. 1-1-04.)