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The County of DuPage
Wheaton, Illinois
 

Jury Demand

735 ILCS 5/2-1105

(a) A plaintiff desirous of a trial by jury must file a demand therefore with the clerk at the time the action is commenced. A defendant desirous of a trial by jury must file a demand therefore not later than the filing of his or her answer. Otherwise, the party waives a jury. If an action is filed seeking equitable relief and the court thereafter determines that one or more of the parties is or are entitled to a trial by jury, the plaintiff, within 3 days from the entry of such order by the court, or the defendant, within 6 days from the entry of such order by the court, may file his or her demand for trial by jury with the clerk of the court. If the plaintiff files a jury demand and thereafter waives a jury, any defendant and, in the case of multiple defendants, if the defendant who filed a jury demand thereafter waives a jury, any other defendant shall be granted a jury trial upon demand therefore made promptly after being advised of the waiver and upon payment of the proper fees, if any, to the clerk.

(b) All jury cases where the claim for damages is $50,000 or less shall be tried by a jury of 6, unless either party demands a jury of 12.  If a fee in connection with a jury demand is required by statute or rule of court, the fee for a jury of 6 shall be 1/2 the fee for a jury of 12.  A party demanding a jury of 12 after another party has paid the applicable fee for a jury of 6 shall pay the remaining 1/2 of the fee applicable to a jury of 12. 

705 ILCS 105/27.1b (e) Provides for a fee of $212.50 for a jury demand in a civil cause of action.

SUPREME COURT RULE 285 (b): In any small claims case, the court may, on its own motion or on motion of any party, adjudicate the dispute at an informal hearing.  At the informal hearing all relevant evidence shall be admissible and the court may relax the rules of procedure and the rules of evidence.  The court may call any person present at the hearing to testify and may conduct or participate in direct and cross-examination of any witness or party.  At the conclusion of the hearing the court shall render judgment and explain the reasons therefor to all parties.