Part 6.00 Application for Waiver of Court Fees

1-6.01 Application for Waiver of Court Fees


A.  An Application for Waiver of Court Fees in a civil action pursuant to 735 ILCS 5/5-105 shall be in writing and signed by the applicant or, in the case of a minor or an incompetent adult, by another person having knowledge of the facts and shall be e-filed in accordance with the rules set forth at 1-2.01 et seq. unless excused by order of court.

B.  Applicants must use the standardized forms adopted by the Illinois Supreme Court Access to Justice Commission, unless otherwise authorized by the Court.

C. All Applicants shall file their Application for Waiver of Court Fees and an Order for Waiver of Court Fees with the Circuit Clerk. The order will be completed by the court. 

1-6.02 Ruling on Application of Court Fees


A.  The court's ruling on an Application for Waiver of Court Fees shall be made according to standards set for in 735 ILCS 5/5-105.

B.  After reviewing the Application, the Court may rule on the Application or may set the Application for hearing requiring the applicant to appear in person. The court may also order the applicant to bring to the hearing copies of specified documents in support of the Application. Failure to appear at the hearing when so ordered constitutes grounds for denying or striking the Application.

C.  If the court denies the Application or a partial waiver is granted, the Order will state a date by which the necessary fees, costs, and charges must be paid. Failure to pay within the time and manner ordered may result in a dismissal of the applicant's claims or defenses.