Small Claims & Arbitration

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Additional Information

If you need additional information, you can call the Circuit Court Clerk's Small Claims Department at 309-558-3538. If you need legal assistance you can contact the Illinois Lawyer Referral Service at 217-525-5297.


Arbitration cases are filed in the General Division of the Circuit Clerk's Office. Arbitration cases are for money damages only ranging from $10,000 to $50,000. Arbitration cases have a specific Summons that must be used, Arbitration Summons (PDF). Arbitration cases must be scheduled at the time of filing and you must schedule them out at least 21 days, but not more than 40 days. Arbitration cases are always set on Fridays. Additional Arbitration information, including FAQs and an overview of the process can be found on the Arbitration Center Home Page.

Disclaimer: Circuit Court Clerk staff are prohibited from providing legal advice.