Eviction Early Resolution Program Resources for Courts | State of Illinois Office of the Illinois Courts
Latest update: 10/19/21
New Court-Based rental Assistance Program
- Effective September 13, 2021, all residential eviction summons must include a notice about court-based rental assistance.
- For the full Supreme Court order, click here.
- A sample English notice is available here in black and white and color. Copies of the sample notice are also available in Spanish, Polish, Mandarin, Arabic, Korean and Tagalog. Check with your local court because they may have additional or different required information (for example, Cook and Winnebago counties).
- Courts may give parties more time to access rental assistance, legal aid, and mediation and continue any eviction matter for good cause shown.
How to refer people who are not in court to rental assistance
- Rental assistance programs are now accepting applications. Tenants and landlords may apply for grants of up to $25,000 for missed rent payments and utilities and three months of future payments. IMPORTANT: None of the below rental assistance programs require the filing of an eviction case.
How to refer tenants to legal aid, mediation, and other resources
Approved Statewide Agreed Orders in Eviction Cases to help facilitate resolution
Eviction Video Resources
Rental assistance is available
National Center for State Courts (NCSC) Resources
Samples of Eviction Early Resolution Programs in Illinois
- Program that connects to (a) rental assistance and (b) legal aid
- Program that connects to (a) rental assistance, (b) legal aid, and (c) mediation
- Program that connects to (a) rental assistance, (b) legal aid, (c) mediation, (d) case management services, and (e) community partners
Samples of Eviction Early Resolution Programs outside of Illinois
- Michigan Supreme Court Administrative Order No. 2020-17
- Main features:
- Paragraph (2): Case prioritization;
- Paragraph (6): Mandatory pretrial for nonpayment of rent cases where certain information is verbally relayed to all parties; and
- Paragraph (8): Mandatory seven-day adjournment after pretrial is conducted for parties to negotiate settlement, apply for rental assistance, etc.
- Texas Supreme Court’s 35th Emergency Order
- Main features for eviction cases involving nonpayment of rent:
- Paragraph 5.a.: Plaintiff must review information about the Texas Eviction Diversion Program;
- Paragraph 5.b.: Summons must include this brochure and the following statement (both in English and Spanish):
- “If you and your landlord agree to participate in the Texas Eviction Diversion Program, you may be able to have up to 15 months of the rent you owe paid and stop your eviction. At your trial, the court will tell you about the Program and ask if you are interested in participating. Find out more about Misc. Docket No. 21-9015 Page 2 the Program in the attached brochure, titled State of Texas Eviction Diversion Program, at
www.txcourts.gov/eviction-diversion/; and at https://texaslawhelp.org/article/texas-eviction-diversion-program. You may also call Texas Legal Services Center for assistance at 855-270-7655.”
- Paragraph 5.c.: At trial, court must discuss the Texas Eviction Diversion program with parties and ask if they would like to participate; if they agree, the eviction action is abated for 60 days, all court records are sealed, and parties are informed of the reinstatement and dismissal procedures.
- Paragraph 6: If the eviction is reinstated, trial will be set no later than 21 days after reinstatement and court records are unsealed; if the eviction is not reinstated, the court shall dismiss the entire action with prejudice and all court records remain sealed.
- Texas resources:
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