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Save Judicial Resources: Eliminate Orders for Alias Summons

BY ROBERT G. MARKOFF & STEVEN A. MARKOFF Judges contemplating how to resume their court calls should consider the following: Cease granting orders permitting the issuance of alias summonses. Instead, set a specific time period for the plaintiff to obtain service. If service is not effectuated after one year, dismiss the case without prejudice. Setting cases for status (even by email or Zoom hearing) when there is no service, is a major waste of judicial resources and the time of judges, court clerks and attorneys alike. It is a function of little value to anyone and does not aid in the administration of justice. The legal authority for this suggestion is based upon our Code of Civil Procedure and Supreme Court Rules. 735 ILCS 5/2-201(a) […]
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