Northern District Of Illinois
LR16.1. Pretrial Procedures
(a) Standing Order & Form. Pursuant to Fed.R.Civ.P. 16, the Court has adopted a standing order on pretrial procedures together with model pretrial order forms. Copies of the standing order and forms shall be available from the clerk [see appendix]. The procedures set forth in the standing order, except for the need to prepare the pretrial order itself, shall apply to all civil cases except for those in categories enumerated in section (b) of this rule. As to all other cases, a pretrial order shall be prepared whenever the judge to whom a case is assigned so orders.
(b) Exempted Classes of Cases. The pretrial procedures adopted pursuant to section (a) of this rule shall not apply to the following classes of civil cases (The statistical nature of suit (“NS”) codes are shown in parentheses following the class of cases.):
(1) Recovery of overpayments and student loan cases (NS: 150, 152, 153);
(2) Mortgage foreclosure cases (NS: 220);
(3) Prisoner petitions (NS: 510, 520, 530, 540, 550);
(4) U.S. forfeiture/penalty cases (NS: 610, 620, 630, 640, 650, 660, 690);
(5) Bankruptcy appeals and transfers (NS: 420, 421
(6) Deportation reviews (NS: 460);
(7) ERISA: Collections of Delinquent Contributions;
(8) Social Security reviews (NS: 861, 862, 863, 864, 865);
(9) Tax suits & IRS third party (NS: 870, 871);
(10) Customer challenges 12 U.S.C. §3410 (NS: 875); or
(11) cases brought under the Agricultural Acts, Economic Stabilization Act, Energy Allocation Act, Freedom of Information Act, Appeal of Fee Determination Under Equal Access to Justice Act, NARA Title II (NS: 891, 892, 894, 895, 900, 970)
Not withstanding the provisions of this rule, a pretrial order shall be prepared whenever the judge to whom a case is assigned so orders.