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735 ILCS 5/12-705
(735 ILCS 5/12-705)
(from Ch. 110, par. 12-705)
(a) Summons shall be returnable not less than 21 nor more than 30 days after
the date of issuance. Summons with 4 copies of the interrogatories shall be
served and returned as in other civil cases. If the garnishee is served with
summons less than 10 days prior to the return date, the court shall continue
the case to a new return date 14 days after the return date stated on the
summons. The summons shall be in a form consistent with local court rules. The
summons shall be accompanied by a copy of the underlying judgment or a
certification by the clerk of the court that entered the judgment, or by the
attorney for the judgment creditor, setting forth the amount of the judgment,
the name of the court and the number of the case and one copy of a garnishment
notice in substantially the following form:
(Name and address of Court)
Name of Case: (Name of Judgment Creditor),
Judgment Creditor v.
(Name of Judgment Debtor),
Address of Judgment Debtor: (Insert last known address)
Name and address of Attorney for Judgment
Creditor or of Judgment Creditor (If no
attorney is listed): (Insert name and address)
Amount of Judgment: $(Insert amount)
Name of Garnishee: (Insert name)
Return Date: (Insert return date specified in summons)
NOTICE: The court has issued a garnishment summons against the garnishee
named above for money or property (other than wages) belonging to the
judgment debtor or in which the judgment debtor has an interest. The
garnishment summons was issued on the basis of a judgment against the
judgment debtor in favor of the judgment creditor in the amount stated above.
The amount of money or property (other than wages) that may be garnished
is limited by federal and Illinois law. The judgment debtor has the right
to assert statutory exemptions against certain money or property of the
judgment debtor which may not be used to satisfy the judgment in the amount
Under Illinois or federal law, the exemptions of personal property owned
by the debtor include the debtor's equity interest, not to exceed $4,000
value, in any personal property as chosen by the debtor; Social Security
and SSI benefits; public assistance benefits; unemployment compensation
benefits; workers' compensation benefits; veterans' benefits; circuit
breaker property tax relief benefits; the debtor's equity interest, not to
in value, in any one motor vehicle, and the debtor's equity
interest, not to exceed $1,500
in value, in any implements, professional
books or tools of the trade of the debtor.
The judgment debtor may have other possible exemptions from garnishment
under the law.
The judgment debtor has the right to request a hearing before the court
to dispute the garnishment or to declare exempt from garnishment certain
money or property or both. To obtain a hearing in counties with a
population of 1,000,000 or more, the judgment debtor must
notify the Clerk of the Court in person and in writing at (insert address
of Clerk) before the return date specified above or appear in court on the
date and time on that return date. To obtain a hearing in counties with a
population of less than 1,000,000, the judgment debtor must notify the
Clerk of the Court in writing at (insert address of Clerk) on or before the
return date specified above. The Clerk of the Court will provide a hearing
date and the necessary forms that must be prepared by the judgment debtor or
the attorney for the judgment debtor and sent to the judgment creditor and the
garnishee regarding the time and location of the hearing. This notice may be
sent by regular first class mail."
(b) An officer or other person authorized by law to serve process shall
serve the summons, interrogatories and the garnishment notice required by
subsection (a) of this Section upon the garnishee and shall, (1) within 2
business days of the service upon the garnishee, mail a copy of the
garnishment notice and the summons to the judgment debtor by first class
mail at the judgment debtor's address indicated in the garnishment notice
and (2) within 4 business days of the service upon the garnishee file with
the clerk of the court a certificate of mailing in substantially the following
"CERTIFICATE OF MAILING
I hereby certify that, within 2 business days of service upon the
garnishee of the garnishment summons, interrogatories and garnishment
notice, I served upon the judgment debtor in this cause a copy of the
garnishment summons and garnishment notice by first class mail to the
judgment debtor's address as indicated in the garnishment notice.
In the case of service of the summons for garnishment upon the garnishee
by certified or registered mail, as provided in subsection (c) of this Section,
no sooner than 2 business days nor later than 4 business days after the date of
mailing, the clerk shall mail a copy of the garnishment notice and the summons
to the judgment debtor by first class mail at the judgment debtor's address
indicated in the garnishment notice, shall prepare the Certificate of Mailing
described by this subsection, and shall include the Certificate of Mailing in a
(c) In a county with a population of less than 1,000,000, unless otherwise
provided by circuit court rule, at the request of the judgment creditor or his
or her attorney and instead of personal service, service of a summons for
garnishment may be made as follows:
(1) For each garnishee to be served, the judgment
creditor or his or her attorney shall pay to the clerk of the court a fee of $2, plus the cost of mailing, and furnish to the clerk an original and 2 copies of a summons, an original and one copy of the interrogatories, an affidavit setting forth the garnishee's mailing address, an original and 2 copies of the garnishment notice required by subsection (a) of this Section, and a copy of the judgment or certification described in subsection (a) of this Section. The original judgment shall be retained by the clerk.
(2) The clerk shall mail to the garnishee, at the
address appearing in the affidavit, the copy of the judgment or certification described in subsection (a) of this Section, the summons, the interrogatories, and the garnishment notice required by subsection (a) of this Section, by certified or registered mail, return receipt requested, showing to whom delivered and the date and address of delivery. This Mailing shall be mailed on a "restricted delivery" basis when service is directed to a natural person. The envelope and return receipt shall bear the return address of the clerk, and the return receipt shall be stamped with the docket number of the case. The receipt for certified or registered mail shall state the name and address of the addressee, the date of the mailing, shall identify the documents mailed, and shall be attached to the original summons.
(3) The return receipt must be attached to the
original summons and, if it shows delivery at least 10 days before the day for the return date, shall constitute proof of service of any documents identified on the return receipt as having been mailed.
(4) The clerk shall note the fact of service in a
(d) The garnishment summons may be served and returned in the manner provided by Supreme Court Rule for service, otherwise than by publication, of a notice for additional relief upon a party in default.
(Source: P.A. 98-557, eff. 1-1-14; 99-78, eff. 7-20-15.)