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CIVIL PROCEDURE735 ILCS 5/12-810
(735 ILCS 5/) Code of Civil Procedure.
(735 ILCS 5/12-810)
(from Ch. 110, par. 12-810)
(a) In the event any indebtedness or
other property due from
or in the possession of an employer is claimed by any other person, the court
shall permit the claimant to appear and maintain his or her claim. A claimant
not voluntarily appearing shall be served with notice in person or by
certified or registered mail. If a claimant fails to appear after being
served with notice in the manner directed, he or she shall be concluded by the
judgment entered in the proceeding against any claim on the wages
involved in that proceeding.
(b) If the adverse claimant appears and, within the time the court
allows, files his or her claim and serves a copy thereof upon the judgment
creditor and the employer, he or she is then a party to the proceeding, and his
or her claim shall be tried and determined with the other issues in the action.
If the adverse claimant is entitled to all or part of the indebtedness
or other property, the court shall enter judgment in accordance with the
interest of the parties.
(Source: P.A. 82-280.)
735 ILCS 5/12-811
(735 ILCS 5/12-811)
(from Ch. 110, par. 12-811)
Trial and judgment.
(a) The judgment creditor or the judgment debtor may contest the truth or
sufficiency of the employer's answer and, in accordance with local court
rules, the court shall immediately, unless for good cause the hearing is
postponed, proceed to try the issues. The answer of the employer may be
contested without further pleading.
(b) At any time on or before the return date, the judgment debtor may
request a hearing to dispute the wage deduction because the wages are
exempt by notifying the clerk of court before that time, using forms as may
be provided by the clerk of the court. To obtain a hearing
in counties with a population of 1,000,000 or more, the judgment debtor
must notify the clerk of court in person and in writing at the clerk's office
before the return date specified in the summons or appear in court on the
date and time specified in the summons. 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 the clerk's office on or before the
return date specified in the summons. The Clerk of 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 employer, or their attorney, regarding the time and
location of the hearing. This notice may be sent by regular first class
mail. At the hearing the court shall immediately, unless for good cause the
hearing is continued, proceed to try the issues.
(c) The trial shall be conducted as in other civil cases.
(d) If the finding is against an employer, a deduction order shall
be entered against the employer and in favor of the judgment debtor to
whom the employer is indebted, in the same manner as if the facts are
(e) No deduction order shall be entered in favor of the judgment
creditor unless the affidavit filed by the judgment creditor certifies that
a copy of the wage deduction notice has been mailed to the judgment debtor,
under Section 12-805, and the employer's answer provides a summary of the
computation used to determine the amount of non-exempt wages.
If the employer is a federal agency employer, a deduction order shall be
entered in favor of the judgment creditor if (i) the affidavit filed by the
judgment creditor certifies that a copy of the wage deduction notice has been
mailed to the judgment debtor under Section 12-805 and (ii) the federal agency
employer identifies, on or with its periodic payments made under subsection
(b-5) of Section 12-808, the computation method used to determine the amount of
non-exempt wages. A federal agency employer shall not be required to provide a
summary of the computation used to determine the amount of non-exempt wages.
(Source: P.A. 89-28, eff. 6-23-95.)
735 ILCS 5/12-812
(735 ILCS 5/12-812)
(from Ch. 110, par. 12-812)
Effect of order.
A deduction order against an employer
shall be enforceable
as in other civil cases and shall discharge the employer of all claims by
the judgment debtor for the indebtedness paid, delivered or accounted
for by the employer by virtue of the order. The discharge of an employer
is no bar to an action by the judgment debtor for the same claim.
Entry of the deduction order shall discharge the federal agency employer of
all claims by the judgment debtor for the indebtedness paid and delivered by
the employer and accounted for by the attorney for the judgment creditor under
(Source: P.A. 89-28, eff. 6-23-95.)
735 ILCS 5/12-813
(735 ILCS 5/12-813)
(from Ch. 110, par. 12-813)
Judgment by confession.
A judgment by confession without
service of process on the
defendant shall not be the basis for seeking a deduction order, unless
such judgment is confirmed after service of process by a trial de novo,
as if such confession of judgment had not been obtained,
except that if it appears by the return of the officer on the first summons
that the employee is not found, alias summonses subsequently issued may
be served upon the employee by leaving a copy thereof with the employee's
employer, or leaving a copy thereof at the usual place of business of the
employer with his or her superintendent, manager, cashier, general agent
or clerk, pursuant to an affidavit filed by the creditor with the clerk
of the court stating the identity of the employee's employer, and that the
employee is actively employed at the time such alias is sought, and except that if
a notice of defense has been filed
to a wage
assignment as provided in Section 4.1 of "An Act to promote the welfare
of wage earners by regulating the assignment of wages, and prescribing a
penalty for the violation thereof", approved July 1, 1935, as amended, the
debtor may be served by registered or
certified mail within 6 months after the filing of such defense on a
wage assignment in the action to confirm the judgment by confession and
such mailing by the creditor to the address shown on the notice of
defense shall constitute service of the summons.
(Source: P.A. 83-707.)
735 ILCS 5/12-814
(735 ILCS 5/12-814)
(from Ch. 110, par. 12-814)
Costs and fees.
(a) The costs of obtaining a deduction order shall be charged to the
judgment debtor, unless the court determines, in its discretion, that costs
incurred by the judgment creditor were improperly incurred, in which case
those costs shall be paid by the judgment creditor.
(b) No fee shall be paid by an employer for filing his or her appearance,
answer or satisfaction of judgment against him or her.
(c) A fee consisting of 2% of the amount
required to be deducted by any deduction order shall be allowed and paid
to the employer, and the amount so paid shall be charged to the judgment
(d) No other fee shall be paid to an employer at the time of service
of the summons or at any other time thereafter unless he or she is subpoenaed
to appear as a witness, in which case he or she is entitled to witness fees as
in other civil cases.
(Source: P.A. 95-661, eff. 1-1-08.)
735 ILCS 5/12-815
(735 ILCS 5/12-815)
(from Ch. 110, par. 12-815)
Death of employer.
Upon the death of an employer the procedure
shall be the
same as in the case of the death of a defendant in other civil cases.
(Source: P.A. 82-280.)
735 ILCS 5/12-816
(735 ILCS 5/12-816)
(from Ch. 110, par. 12-816)
Assignment, transfer or other disposition.
transfer or other disposition by an heir or
distributee of his or her interest in the possession of an administrator or executor
shall defeat the deduction order, unless (1) prior to the service of
summons upon the administrator or executor, the transfer or other
disposition is reduced to writing and (2) the writing is filed in the
office of the clerk of the court appointing the executor or
(Source: P.A. 82-280.)