THE STATE OF ILLINOIS
Order entered March 18, 2005.
(Deleted material is struck through and new material is underscored.)
Effective immediately, Supreme Court Rule 303(a)(4) is corrected and Supreme Court Rule 306A is amended as
Corrected Rule 303
Rule 303. Appeals from Final Judgments of the Circuit Court in Civil Cases
(a) Time; Filing; Transmission of Copy.
(1) Except as provided in paragraph (b) below, the notice of appeal must be filed with the clerk of the
circuit court within 30 days after the entry of the final judgment appealed from, or, if a timely post-trial motion directed
against the judgment is filed, whether in a jury or a nonjury case, within 30 days after the entry of the order disposing of
the last pending post-judgment motion.
(2) When a timely post-judgment motion has been filed by any party, whether in a jury case or a nonjury
case, a notice of appeal filed before the entry of the order disposing of the last pending post-judgment motion shall have
no effect and shall he withdrawn by the party who filed it, by moving for dismissal pursuant to Rule 309. This is so whether
the timely post-judgment motion was filed before or after the date on which the notice of appeal was filed. A new notice of
appeal must be filed within the prescribed time measured from the entry of the order disposing of the post-judgment motion,
as provided in subparagraph (a)(1) of this rule. No request for reconsideration of a ruling on a post-judgment motion will
toll the running of the time within which a notice of appeal must be filed under this rule. A party who filed a premature
notice of appeal will not be required to pay a filing fee for a future appeal in the same case if, at the time of filing the
future appeal, the party presents the receipt for the fee paid for filing the premature notice of appeal and a copy of the
circuit court order dismissing the premature appeal.
(3) If a timely notice of appeal is filed and served by a party, any other party, within 10 days after
service upon him or her, or within 30 days from the entry of the judgment or order being appealed, or within 30 days of the
entry of the order disposing of the last pending post-judgment motion, whichever is later, may join in the appeal, appeal
separately, or cross-appeal by filing a notice of appeal, indicating which type of appeal is being taken.
(4) Within five days after the filing of a notice of appeal, or an amendment of a notice of appeal filed
in the circuit court pursuant to subparagraph
(c)(4) (b)(4) of this rule, the clerk of the circuit
court shall transmit to the clerk of the court to which the appeal is being taken a copy of the notice of appeal or of the
(b) Form and Contents of Notice of Appeal.
(1) The notice of appeal shall be captioned as follows:
(i) At the top shall appear the statement "Appeal to the _________ Court," naming the court to which
the appeal is taken, and below this shall be the statement "From the Circuit Court of ____________________________,"
naming the court from which the appeal is taken.
(ii) It shall bear the title of the case, naming and designating the parties in the same manner as in
the circuit court and adding the further designation "appellant" or "appellee," e.g., "Plaintiff-Appellee."
(iii) It shall be designated "Notice of Appeal," "Joining Prior Appeal," "Separate Appeal," or
"Cross-Appeal," as appropriate.
(2) It shall specify the judgment or part thereof or other orders appealed from and the relief sought
from the reviewing court.
(3) It shall contain the signature and address of each appellant or appellantís attorney.
(4) The notice of appeal may be amended without leave of court within the original 30-day period to file
the notice as set forth in paragraph (a) above. Thereafter it may be amended only on motion, in the reviewing court,
pursuant to paragraph (d) of this rule. Amendments relate back to the time of the filing of the notice of appeal.
(c) Service of Notice of Appeal. The party filing the notice of appeal or an amendment as of
right, shall, within 7 days, file a notice of filing with the reviewing court and serve a copy of the notice of appeal upon
every other party and upon any other person or officer entitled by law to notice. Proof of service, as provided by Rule 12,
shall be filed with the notice.
(d) Extension of Time in Certain Circumstances. On motion supported by a showing of reasonable
excuse for failure to file a notice of appeal on time, accompanied by the proposed notice of appeal and the filing fee,
filed in the reviewing court within 30 days after expiration of the time for filing a notice of appeal, the reviewing court
may grant leave to appeal and order the clerk to transmit the notice of appeal to the trial court for filing.
(e) Docketing. Upon receipt of the copy of the notice of appeal transmitted to the reviewing court
pursuant to paragraph (a) of this rule, or receipt of a motion for leave to appeal under paragraph (d) of this rule, the
clerk of the reviewing court shall enter the appeal upon the docket.
Amended effective January 12, 1967; amended effective January 1, 1970; amended October 21, 1969,
effective January 1, 1970; amended effective July 1, 1971; amended effective September 1, 1974; amended October 1, 1976,
effective November 15, 1976; amended July 30, 1979, effective October 15, 1979; amended August 9, 1983, effective October 1,
1983; amended April 27, 1984, effective July 1, 1984; amended December 17, 1993, effective February 1, 1994; corrected
March 18, 2005, effective immediately.
Amended Rule 306A
Rule 306A. Expedited Appeals in Child Custody Cases
(a) The expedited procedures in this rule shall apply in the following child custody
cases: (1) initial final child custody orders, (2) orders modifying child custody where a change of custody has been
granted, (3) final orders of adoption and (4) final orders terminating parental rights. If the appeal is taken from a
judgment or order affecting other matters, such as support, property issues or decisions affecting the rights of persons
other than the child, the reviewing court may handle all pending issues using the expedited procedures in this rule, unless
doing so will delay decision on the child custody appeal. In any other child custody cases in which the best interests of
the child is involved including orders of visitation, guardianship standing to pursue custody and interim orders of custody,
a party may file a petition in accordance with the rules seeking leave to appeal. Upon granting of the petition by the
appellate court, all said proceedings shall be subject to procedures set forth in this rule.
(b) The notice of appeal, docketing statement, briefs and all other notices, motions and
pleadings filed by any party in relation to an appeal involving child custody shall include the following statement in bold
type on the top of the front page: THIS APPEAL INVOLVES A QUESTION OF CHILD CUSTODY, ADOPTION,
TERMINATION OF PARENTAL RIGHTS OR OTHER MATTER AFFECTING THE BEST INTERESTS OF A CHILD.
(c) In addition to the service required by Rule 303(c), a party filing notice of appeal in
a child custody case shall, within seven days, serve copies of the same on the trial judge who entered the judgment or order
appealed and the office of the chief judge of the circuit in which the judgment or order on appeal was entered.
(d) On receipt of the notice of appeal in a child custody case, the trial judge shall set
a status hearing within 30 days of the date of filing of the notice of appeal to determine the status of the case,
including payments of required fees to the clerk of the circuit court and court reporter for the preparation of the
transcript of proceedings, and take any action necessary to expedite preparation of the record on appeal and the
transcript of the proceedings. The trial court shall have continuing jurisdiction for the purpose of enforcing the rules for
preparation of the record and transcript. The trial court may request the assistance of the chief judge to resolve filing
delays, and the chief judge shall assign or reassign the court reporterís work as necessary to ensure compliance with the
(e) The record on appeal and the transcript of proceedings in a child custody case shall
be filed no later than 35 days after the filing of the notice of appeal. Any request for extension of the time for filing
shall be accompanied by an affidavit of the court clerk or court reporter stating the reason for the delay, and shall be
served on the trial judge and the chief judge of the circuit. Lack of advance payment shall not be a reason for
noncompliance with filing deadlines for the record or transcript. Any subsequent request for continuance shall be made to
the appellate court by written notice and motion to all parties in accordance with rules.
(f) Except for good cause shown, the appellate court shall issue its decision within 150
days after the filing of the notice of appeal.
(g) The appellate court of each district shall by administrative order or rule adopt
mandatory procedures to ensure completion of child custody appeals within the time specified in paragraph (f). The order or
rule may include provisions regarding the use of memoranda in lieu of briefs, expedited schedules and deadlines, provisions
for the separation of child custody issues from other issues on appeal and any other procedures necessary to a fair and
timely disposition of the case. The clerk of the appellate court shall be responsible for seeing that the accelerated docket
is maintained and for advising the court of any noncompliance with the rules of the court concerning timely filing.
(h) Requests for continuance are disfavored and shall be granted only for compelling
circumstances. The appellate court may require personal appearance by the attorney or party requesting the continuance as
provided by local rule.
(i) This rule shall apply to all orders in which a notice of appeal is filed after its
Adopted December 5, 2003, effective January 1, 2004; effective date stayed December 31, 2003; stay lifted
and rule amended March 31, 2004, effective July 1, 2004; amended March 18, 2005, effective immediately.