(750 ILCS 60/212)
(from Ch. 40, par. 2312-12)
(a) A petition for an order of protection shall be
treated as an expedited proceeding, and no court
shall transfer or
otherwise decline to decide all or part of such petition
except as otherwise provided herein. Nothing in this Section
shall prevent the court from reserving issues when jurisdiction or notice
requirements are not met.
(b) Any court or a division thereof which ordinarily does not decide
matters of child custody and family support may decline to decide contested
physical care, custody, visitation, or family
support unless a decision on one or more of those contested
issues is necessary to
avoid the risk of abuse, neglect, removal from the state or concealment
within the state of the child or of separation of the child from the primary
If the court or division thereof has declined to decide any or all of
these issues, then it shall transfer all undecided issues to the
appropriate court or division.
In the event of such a transfer, a government attorney involved in the
criminal prosecution may, but need not, continue to offer counsel to
petitioner on transferred matters.
(c) If the court transfers or otherwise declines to decide
judgment on that issue shall be expressly reserved and ruling on other
issues shall not be delayed or declined.
(Source: P.A. 87-1186.)