Judge Bertani Standing Orders – Small Claims/Evictions/Post-Judgment

  1. Try to limit your cases each day to 60 per firm.  As of present, there is no consequence for exceeding the limit, other than perhaps a wry comment about your math skills.
  2. Kindly endeavor to call cases on which you have self-represented opponents as early in the call as is reasonably possible. I consider everyone’s time important. As such, kindly try to speak to them as soon as practicable.
  3. Mediation:  I typically have mediators available to assist in attempting to settle cases during the Call at no charge. I can also arrange for remote mediation should you not be able to accommodate the same on the Court date.
  4. Rent Assistance:  This program is administered locally by Will County.   Rent in this program means traditional rent, but also condominium, homeowner’s and townhome association dues as well as attorneys fees in some cases.  The program pay such rent during the typically 30 day approval period.
  5. The following are accepted, and to a certain extent, encouraged, to be done in Pre-Court, which a Clerk will record in one of the meeting rooms outside the Courtroom itself starting at about 8:30 a.m.:
    1. Alias Summons for cases filed in 2020 to present. 
    2. Alias Wage Deductions
    3. Alias Citations
    4. Continuing of Citations (Party and Third Party) and Wage Deductions for proof of service.
    5. Continuing of  Third Party Citations  for status of Answers or completion less than 6 months from the date of filing service, in consideration of Supreme Court Rule 277(f)
    6. Continuance of Rules for proof of service.
    7. Dismissals with and without prejudice
    8. Dismissals of Rules, any Citation or Wage Deduction
  6. The following can be submitted by Odyssey:
    1. Orders memorializing matters determined in open Court, provided you announce “Odyssey Order to Come.” Please note paper Orders in Court are preferred.
    2. At least 8 days in advance of a court date,  any of the following:
      1. Dismissals with or without prejudice
      2. Dismissals of Wage Deductions, Citations or Rules.
      3. Agreed Dismissals with leave to reinstate pursuant to settlement or payment plan (stated or not), provided the Order does not take a Judgment.  The Court will NOT accept agreed money or possession judgments in this manner. A few have been submitted that provide money judgments plus interest, and which include a payment plan, and which specifically allow memorandums and leave open all other collection methods.
      4. Memorandums of Judgment
      5. Release and Satisfaction of Judgment


  1. Courtesy Copies:
    1. Courtesy copies are not needed for pleadings of 15 or less pages including exhibits.
    2. Those exceeding that level may be presented by mail or hand delivery, Chambers 315.
    3. Generally no courtesy copies are ever needed for routine motions, e.g. Motions to Reinstate and to enter Judgment, Vacate Dismissals for Want of Prosecution.
    4. When courtesy copies are sent, all enclosures must also be sent to all parties or counsel, if represented.
  2. Remote Hearings
    1. None absent leave of Court.
  3. All Trials are set at 1:30 p.m.
  4. All Motions are to be set at 10:30 a.m.
  5. All other matters will proceed at 9:00 a.m.
  6. Kindly date your Orders upon presentation.