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(735 ILCS 5/) Code of Civil Procedure.

735 ILCS 5/Art. IV Pt. 2

    (735 ILCS 5/Art. IV Pt. 2 heading)
Part 2. Watercraft

735 ILCS 5/4-201

    (735 ILCS 5/4-201) (from Ch. 110, par. 4-201)
    Sec. 4-201. Liens in general. Every sail vessel, steamboat, steam dredge, tug boat, scow, canal boat, barge, lighter, and other water craft of above five tons burthen, used or intended to be used in navigating the waters or canals of this State, or used in trade and commerce between ports and places within this State, or having their home port in this State, shall be subject to a lien thereon, which lien shall extend to the tackle, apparel and furniture of such craft, as follows:
        1. For all debts contracted by the owner or part
owner, master, clerk, steward, agent or ship's husband of such craft, on account of supplies and provisions furnished for the use of such water craft, on account of work done or services rendered on board of such craft by any seaman, master or other employee thereof, or on account of work done or materials furnished by mechanics, tradesmen or others, in or about the building, repairing, fitting, furnishing or equipping such craft.
        2. For all sums due for wharfage, anchorage or dock
hire, including the use of dry docks.
        3. For sums due for towage, labor at pumping out or
raising, when sunk or disabled, and to shipshusband or agent of such water craft, for disbursement due by the owner on account of such water craft.
        4. For all damages arising for the nonperformance of
any contract of affreightment, or of any contract touching the transportation of property entered into by the master, owner, agent or consignee of such water craft, where any such contract is made in this state.
        5. For all damages arising from injuries done to
persons or property by such water craft, whether the same are aboard said vessel or not, where the same shall have occurred through the negligence or misconduct of the owner, agent, master or employee thereon; but the craft shall not be liable for any injury or damage received by one of the crew from another member of the crew.
(Source: P.A. 95-331, eff. 8-21-07.)

735 ILCS 5/4-202

    (735 ILCS 5/4-202) (from Ch. 110, par. 4-202)
    Sec. 4-202. Lien on goods for freight. There shall also be a lien upon the goods, wares and merchandise shipped, taken in and put aboard any such water craft for sums due for freight, advanced charges and demurrage, which shall be collected against the goods, wares and merchandise in the same manner as hereinafter provided in Part 2 of Article IV of this Act, in cases of sums due against such water craft.
(Source: P.A. 83-707.)

735 ILCS 5/4-203

    (735 ILCS 5/4-203) (from Ch. 110, par. 4-203)
    Sec. 4-203. Limitation. Any such lien may be enforced in the manner herein provided at any time within 5 years. However, no creditor shall be allowed to enforce such lien as against, or to the prejudice of any other creditor or subsequent incumbrancer, or bona fide purchaser, unless proceedings are instituted to enforce such lien within 9 months after the indebtedness accrues or becomes due.
(Source: P.A. 82-280.)

735 ILCS 5/4-204

    (735 ILCS 5/4-204) (from Ch. 110, par. 4-204)
    Sec. 4-204. Complaint. The person claiming to have a lien under the provisions of Part 2 of Article IV of this Act may file in the circuit court, in the county where any such water craft may be found, a complaint, setting forth the nature of his or her claim, the amount due after allowing all payments and just offsets, the name of the water craft, and the name and residence of each owner known to the plaintiff; and when any owner or his or her place of residence is not known to the plaintiff, he or she shall so state, and that he or she has made inquiry and is unable to ascertain the same, which complaint shall be verified by the affidavit of the plaintiff or his or her agent or attorney. If the claim is upon an account or instrument in writing, a copy of the same shall be attached to the complaint.
(Source: P.A. 82-280.)

735 ILCS 5/4-205

    (735 ILCS 5/4-205) (from Ch. 110, par. 4-205)
    Sec. 4-205. Bond. The plaintiff, or his or her agent or attorney, shall also file with such complaint a bond, payable to the owner of the craft to be attached, or, if unknown, to the unknown owners thereof, in at least double the amount of the claim, with security to be approved by the court, conditioned that the plaintiff shall prosecute his or her action with effect, or, in case of failure therein, will pay all costs and damages which the owner or other person interested in such water craft may sustain, in consequence of the wrongful suing out of such attachment, which bond may be sued by any owner or person interested, in the same manner as if it had been given to such person by his or her proper name. Only such persons shall be required to join in such suit as have a joint interest. Others may allege breaches and have assessment of damages, as in other actions on penal bonds.
(Source: P.A. 84-631.)

735 ILCS 5/4-206

    (735 ILCS 5/4-206) (from Ch. 110, par. 4-206)
    Sec. 4-206. Designation of defendants. Upon the filing of such complaint and bond, the court shall enter an order for attachment against the owners of such water craft, directed to the sheriff of the county, or other officer if the sheriff is disqualified or unavailable to attach such water craft. Such owners may be designated by their reputed names, by surnames, and joint defendants by their separate or partnership names, or by such names, styles or titles as they are usually known. If the name of any owner is unknown, he or she may be designated as unknown owner.
(Source: P.A. 84-631.)

735 ILCS 5/4-207

    (735 ILCS 5/4-207) (from Ch. 110, par. 4-207)
    Sec. 4-207. Order. The order shall command the sheriff or other officer to attach the vessel, its tackle, apparel and furniture, to satisfy such claim and costs, and all such claims as shall be exhibited against such vessel according to law, and having attached the same, to summon the owners of such vessel, to be and appear before the court on a specified date to answer what may be claimed against them and the vessel.
(Source: P.A. 82-280.)

735 ILCS 5/4-208

    (735 ILCS 5/4-208) (from Ch. 110, par. 4-208)
    Sec. 4-208. Serving of order. The sheriff or other officer to whom such order for attachment is directed shall forthwith serve a certified copy of the order upon such defendant as summons is served in other civil cases, and attaching the vessel, her tackle, apparel and furniture, and shall keep the same until disposed of as hereinafter provided. The sheriff or other officer shall also, on or before the return day in such order, or at any time after the service thereof, make a return to the court, stating therein particularly his or her doings in the premises, and shall make, subscribe and annex thereto a just and true inventory of all the property so attached.
(Source: P.A. 83-707.)

735 ILCS 5/4-209

    (735 ILCS 5/4-209) (from Ch. 110, par. 4-209)
    Sec. 4-209. Only one attachment. Whenever such order for attachment is entered and served, no other order for attachment shall be entered against the same water craft, unless the first attachment is discharged, or the vessel is bonded.
(Source: P.A. 83-707.)

735 ILCS 5/4-210

    (735 ILCS 5/4-210) (from Ch. 110, par. 4-210)
    Sec. 4-210. Notice by publication and mail. Upon return being made to such order, unless the vessel has been bonded, as hereinafter provided, the clerk shall immediately cause notice to be given in the same manner as required in other cases of attachment. The notice shall contain, in addition to that required in other cases of attachment, a notice to all persons to intervene for their interests on a day certain, or that the claim will be heard ex parte.
(Source: P.A. 83-707.)

735 ILCS 5/4-211

    (735 ILCS 5/4-211) (from Ch. 110, par. 4-211)
    Sec. 4-211. Seeking wrong remedy not fatal. Where relief is sought under Part 2 of Article IV of this Act and the court determines, on motion directed to the pleadings, or on motion for summary judgment or upon trial, that the plaintiff has pleaded or established facts which entitle the plaintiff to relief but that the plaintiff has sought the wrong remedy, the court shall permit the pleadings to be amended, on just and reasonable terms, and the court shall grant the relief to which the plaintiff is entitled on the amended pleadings or upon the evidence. In considering whether a proposed amendment is just and reasonable, the court shall consider the right of the defendant to assert additional defenses, to demand a trial by jury, to plead a counterclaim or third party complaint, and to order the plaintiff to take additional steps which were not required under the pleadings as previously filed.
(Source: P.A. 82-280.)

735 ILCS 5/4-212

    (735 ILCS 5/4-212) (from Ch. 110, par. 4-212)
    Sec. 4-212. Intervention. Any person having a lien upon or any interest in the water craft attached, may intervene to protect such interest, by filing a petition, entitled an intervening petition; and any person interested may be made a defendant at his or her request, or that of any party to the action, and may defend any petition by filing an answer as hereinafter provided, and giving security, satisfactory to the court, to pay any costs arising from such defense; and upon the filing of any intervening petition, a summons, as hereinbefore provided, shall issue; and if the same shall be returned not served, notice by publication may be given as hereinabove stated and several intervening petitioners may be united with each other, or the original, in one notice.
(Source: P.A. 82-280.)

735 ILCS 5/4-213

    (735 ILCS 5/4-213) (from Ch. 110, par. 4-213)
    Sec. 4-213. Bond by intervenor. Any person intervening to enforce any lien or claims adverse to the owners of the craft attached shall, at the time of filing the petition, file with the clerk a bond as in the case of original attachment.
(Source: P.A. 82-280.)

735 ILCS 5/4-214

    (735 ILCS 5/4-214) (from Ch. 110, par. 4-214)
    Sec. 4-214. Intervening petition. Intervening petitions may be filed at any time before the vessel is bonded, as provided in Section 4-216 of this Act, or, if the same is not so bonded, before order for distribution of the proceeds of the sale of the craft, and the same proceeding shall thereupon be had as in the case of claims filed before sale.
(Source: P.A. 82-280.)

735 ILCS 5/4-215

    (735 ILCS 5/4-215) (from Ch. 110, par. 4-215)
    Sec. 4-215. Liens not filed cease. All liens upon any water craft which are not filed hereunder before sale under judgment, as hereinafter provided, shall cease.
(Source: P.A. 82-280.)

735 ILCS 5/4-216

    (735 ILCS 5/4-216) (from Ch. 110, par. 4-216)
    Sec. 4-216. Bonding vessel. The owner, his or her agent or attorney, or any other person interested in such water craft, desiring the return of the property attached, having first given notice to the plaintiff, his or her agent or attorney, of his or her intention to bond the same, may, at any time before judgment, file with the court in which the action is pending, a bond to the parties, having previously filed a complaint or intervening petition against such craft, in a penalty at least double the aggregate of all sums alleged to be due the several plaintiffs or intervening petitioners, with security to be approved by the court, conditioned that the obligors will pay all moneys adjudged to be due such claimants, with costs of the action.
(Source: P.A. 82-280.)

735 ILCS 5/4-217

    (735 ILCS 5/4-217) (from Ch. 110, par. 4-217)
    Sec. 4-217. Appraisement - Restitution - Sale. If the owner, his or her agent or attorney, or other party in interest, so elect, in place of bonding, as heretofore provided, such person may apply to the court upon like notice, for an order of appraisement of such water-craft so seized, by three competent persons to be appointed by the court and named in the order, and upon such party depositing with the clerk the amount of such appraisement in money, or executing or filing with the clerk a bond for such amount, executed as provided in the preceding section, the court shall enter an order of restitution, as provided in the next section, and if the claimant of such water-craft shall decline any such application, or neglect within 20 days to accept such appraisement and make the deposit, or give bond as hereinabove stated, or the property seized shall be liable to decay, depreciation or injury from delay, the court, in its discretion, may order the same or part thereof to be sold, and the proceeds thereof to be brought into court to abide the results of the action.
(Source: P.A. 84-631.)

735 ILCS 5/4-218

    (735 ILCS 5/4-218) (from Ch. 110, par. 4-218)
    Sec. 4-218. Order of restitution. Upon receiving a bond or deposit, as provided in either of the foregoing sections, the court shall enter an order of restitution, directing the officer who attached the water-craft to deliver the same to the person from whose possession it was taken, and the water-craft shall be discharged from all the liens secured by such bond or deposit, unless the court, upon motion, orders it again into custody on account of the insufficiency or insolvency of the surety.
(Source: P.A. 84-631.)

735 ILCS 5/4-219

    (735 ILCS 5/4-219) (from Ch. 110, par. 4-219)
    Sec. 4-219. Additional security. If any plaintiff or intervening petitioner, at any time, deems his or her security insufficient, or has become imperiled, he or she may, by motion supported by affidavit filed, and upon notice served with copy of such affidavit and motion, move the court to direct the giving of additional security, which motion shall be promptly heard and determined, and such order made therein as justice shall require; and the court may enforce all orders so made by attachment for contempt against persons, or by orders against such water-craft, or otherwise.
(Source: P.A. 83-707.)

735 ILCS 5/4-220

    (735 ILCS 5/4-220) (from Ch. 110, par. 4-220)
    Sec. 4-220. Answer - Default. Within 3 days after the return day of summons - if personally served 10 days before the day on which it is returnable, or within 13 days after such return day, if personally served less than 10 days prior thereto, or if not personally served, then within the time prescribed in the published notice - the owner or any person interested adversely to the claims mentioned in the notice, unless on cause shown, further time shall be allowed by the court, shall plead to the complaint as in other civil cases. If an answer is filed, the answer shall respond completely and distinctly to each allegation of the complaint, and shall be supported by affidavit. If no such answer or motion, together with an affidavit is filed within the time above specified, the plaintiff is entitled to an order of default, and the claim may be proved and judgment entered as in other civil cases.
(Source: P.A. 82-280.)

735 ILCS 5/4-221

    (735 ILCS 5/4-221) (from Ch. 110, par. 4-221)
    Sec. 4-221. Judgment when vessel discharged. If, after trial, judgment is entered in favor of the plaintiff, and the water craft has been discharged from custody as herein provided, the judgment shall be entered against the principal and sureties in the bond. In no case shall the judgment exceed the penalty of the bond, and the subsequent proceedings shall be the same as now provided by law in actions in personam. If the release has been upon deposit, the judgment shall be paid out of the deposit.
(Source: P.A. 83-707.)

735 ILCS 5/4-222

    (735 ILCS 5/4-222) (from Ch. 110, par. 4-222)
    Sec. 4-222. Judgment when vessel in custody. In case the water craft has not been discharged from custody, the judgment shall be that the same, with the appurtenances, be sold at public sale by the sheriff, after notice of the time and place of the sale, published as herein required in cases of seizure, at least 10 days before such sale. In case of petition filed prior to distribution, the judgment shall be for payment out of the proceeds of sale, and in case of claims filed against surplus proceeds, the judgment, if in favor of the petitioner, shall, in substance, affirm the claim to be sustained, and direct payment thereof from the surplus proceeds.
(Source: P.A. 83-707.)

735 ILCS 5/4-223

    (735 ILCS 5/4-223) (from Ch. 110, par. 4-223)
    Sec. 4-223. Order of sale. The court shall thereupon enter an order of sale, commanding the sheriff to sell such water craft as directed in the judgment, and to return the certified copy of the order of sale within 24 hours after the sale, with his or her doings in the premises, and with proof by affidavit of the requisite notice, with a copy of such notice.
(Source: P.A. 82-280.)

735 ILCS 5/4-224

    (735 ILCS 5/4-224) (from Ch. 110, par. 4-224)
    Sec. 4-224. Proceedings on sale. It shall be the duty of the sheriff, upon receiving the amount of the bid at any sale, either before or after judgment, from the purchaser, or in case the purchaser is the plaintiff or an intervenor, upon receiving so much of the bid as the court directs by order, reference being had to the relative amount of the buyer's claim, to deliver such water craft and appurtenances to the purchaser, with a bill of sale thereof, and to return and to deliver to the clerk of court the amount received on such sale.
(Source: P.A. 82-280.)

735 ILCS 5/4-225

    (735 ILCS 5/4-225) (from Ch. 110, par. 4-225)
    Sec. 4-225. Bill of sale. A copy of the last enrollment, if any, of such water craft shall be recited in the bill of sale if such copy can be obtained, and a copy of the judgment, with the order of sale, or if such craft is sold pursuant to an order before judgment, a copy of such order shall also be recited in such bill of sale, certified by the clerk, under the seal of the court; and such bill of sale shall be full and complete evidence of the regularity of the judgment or order and sale, in all courts and places, and shall supersede the necessity of any other proof thereof to validate the bill of sale; and all bills of sale containing such recital, and supported by such proof, are effectual to pass the title of such water craft.
(Source: P.A. 82-280.)

735 ILCS 5/4-226

    (735 ILCS 5/4-226) (from Ch. 110, par. 4-226)
    Sec. 4-226. Distribution. The sum delivered by the sheriff to the clerk of court as above set out, shall be distributed by the court upon motion of any party in interest of record, and due notice to the other parties, and after the following manner:
    First - The costs accruing upon all complaints filed before distribution, and on which judgment is or may be thereafter entered in favor of plaintiff.
    Second - Seamen's (which term shall include the master) wages due upon the last two voyages, or if shipped by the month the last two months.
    Third - All other claims filed prior to order of distribution on which judgment may be entered in favor of plaintiff, together with whatever balance may be due seamen.
(Source: P.A. 83-707.)

735 ILCS 5/4-227

    (735 ILCS 5/4-227) (from Ch. 110, par. 4-227)
    Sec. 4-227. Remnants. Any portion of the sum so paid by the sheriff to the clerk, or of a deposit remaining after such distribution as hereinabove provided, shall be denominated remnants and surplus proceeds, and where any claim or complaint is filed against the same as provided in Part 2 of Article IV of this Act, distribution shall be directed by the court after judgment upon motion and notice, as provided in Section 4-226 of this Act, and after the following order:
    First - All costs upon claims passing into judgment which were filed after distribution.
    Second - All other liens enforceable under Part 2 of Article IV of this Act against the water craft prior to distribution.
    Third - All claims upon mortgages of such water craft or other incumbrances by the owner, in proportion to the interest they cover and priority.
    Fourth - Upon petition of the creditor, all judgments against the owner, and which ought equitably to be paid out of the proceeds in preference to the owner.
    Fifth - The owner.
(Source: P.A. 91-357, eff. 7-29-99.)

735 ILCS 5/4-228

    (735 ILCS 5/4-228) (from Ch. 110, par. 4-228)
    Sec. 4-228. Power of court in distribution. In case the sum for which the water craft is sold is sufficient to pay all the claims filed before distribution, with costs thereon, and an appeal is taken as provided by law, the court may order distribution of such portion of the sum brought on sale upon judgments unappealed from as may seem just and proper.
(Source: P.A. 82-280.)