Civil Procedure Tip of the Week: Requesting a Rehearing, Retrial or Reconsideration

Post authored by Kenny Matuszewski

Under ILCS 5/2-1203(a), in all cases tried without a jury, any party may, within 30 days after the entry of judgment, obtain relief from final judgments and orders by filing a motion for a rehearing, retrial or reconsideration. Specifically, in order to successfully file a motion to reconsider, the party requesting relief must bring to the court’s attention: “(1) newly discovered evidence not available at the time of the hearing, (2) changes in the law, or (3) errors in the trial court’s previous application of the law.” Stringer v. Packaging Corp. of America, 351 Ill. App. 3d 1135, 1140 (2004).

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