Public Act 90-0117 of the 90th General Assembly

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Public Act 90-0117

HB1286 Enrolled                                LRB9004836NTsb

    AN ACT to amend the Clerks  of  Courts  Act  by  changing
Section 27.7.

    Be  it  enacted  by  the People of the State of Illinois,
represented in the General Assembly:

    Section 5.  The  Clerks  of  Courts  Act  is  amended  by
changing Section 27.7 as follows:

    (705 ILCS 105/27.7)
    (This  Section  may contain text from a Public Act with a
delayed effective date)
    Sec.  27.7.  Children's  waiting  room.  The  expense  of
establishing and maintaining a children's  waiting  room  for
children  whose  parents  or  guardians are attending a court
hearing as  a  litigant,  or  witness,  or  for  other  court
purposes  as  determined  by  the  court may in counties over
500,000 and under 3,000,000 in population shall be  borne  by
the  county.   To  defray  that  expense in any county having
established a children's  waiting  room  or  that  elects  to
establish  such  a  system,  the county board may require the
clerk of the circuit  court  in  the  county  to  charge  and
collect a children's waiting room fee of not less than $2 nor
more than $5. The fee shall be paid at the time of filing the
first  pleading,  paper,  or  other  appearance filed by each
party in all civil cases. No additional fee shall be required
if more than one party is presented  in  a  single  pleading,
paper,  or  other  appearance.  The fee shall be collected in
the manner in which all other fees or costs are collected.
    Each clerk shall commence the charges and collection upon
receipt of written notice from the  chairman  of  the  county
board   together   with  a  certified  copy  of  the  board's
resolution.  The clerk shall file the resolution of record in
his or her office.
    The fees shall be in  addition  to  all  other  fees  and
charges  of the clerks, shall be assessable as costs, and may
be waived only if the judge  specifically  provides  for  the
waiver of the children's waiting room fee.  The fees shall be
remitted  monthly by the clerk to the county treasurer, to be
retained by the treasurer in a special fund designated as the
children's waiting room fund.  The fund shall be  audited  by
the   county   auditor,  and  the  county  board  shall  make
expenditure from the fund in payment of any cost  related  to
the  establishment  and maintenance of the children's waiting
room, including personnel, heat, light, telephone,  security,
rental  of  space,  or  any other item in connection with the
operation of a children's waiting room.
    The fees shall not be charged in any matter coming to the
clerk on a change of venue, nor in any proceeding  to  review
the decision of any administrative officer, agency, or body.
(Source: P.A. 89-717, eff. 1-1-98.)

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