Motions may be filed with the Circuit Clerk's Office at each of their three locations:
- Will County Courthouse, 14 W. Jefferson Street, 2nd Floor, Joliet, IL 60432
- Will County Court Annex Building, 57 N. Ottawa Street, 2nd Floor, Joliet, IL 60432
- River Valley Justice Center, 3200 W. McDonough Street, 2nd Floor, Joliet, IL 60435
Please note that Court personnel are not allowed to provide legal advice. If you have specific questions of a legal nature regarding the filing of Court paperwork, please contact a licensed attorney of your choice.
Basic Instructions for Filing an Appearance and Answer in Civil Matters
An appearance and answer are two different documents, which must be filed at the Circuit Clerk's Office. In addition to filings these documents with the Clerk's office, you must mail copies to all parties (or their attorneys) associated with the lawsuit.
To file an appearance:
Appearance forms are available at the Circuit Clerk's office. This form must be completed and filed at the counter along with the required filing fee. The Clerk's Office may advise you of the necessary fee by calling the general information number at (815) 727-8592.
To file an answer:
Answer forms are not available at the Clerk's office. An answer is your response to the complaint which has been filed by the plaintiff. To file an answer, you must first file your appearance. Using a copy of the complaint, take a blank sheet of paper and legibly print or type the top heading, incliding the names of all parites with the designation of plaintiff or defendant as well as the case number. List each allegation contained in the complaint (by number) and admit or deny each individually. This answer much then be filed with the Circuit Clerk's office and copies must be served on all parties of record.
After filing the appearance and answer, you (or your attorney) must appear on the date assigned by the Court. Please note that the failure to file a proper appearance and answer may result in a Default Judgment being entered against you.