United States District Court
Northern District Of Illinois
LR81.3. Habeas Corpus Proceedings by Persons in Custody
(a) Approved Form. Petitions for writs of habeas corpus filed pursuant to 28 U.S.C. §2241 and
§2254 and motions filed pursuant to 28 U.S.C. §2255 shall, when filed by persons
in custody, be submitted on forms approved by the Executive Committee. The clerk
will supply copies of the approved forms to any person requesting them.
(b) Capital Punishment Cases. Post conviction petitions filed pursuant to 28 U.S.C. §2254 and §2255 by or on
behalf of a petitioner under sentence of capital punishment shall proceed in
accordance with the District Court Rules for the Disposition of Post Conviction Petitions Brought
Pursuant to 28 U.S.C.§ 2254 and § 2255 in Cases Involving Petitioners Under a Sentence of Capital Punishment adopted by the Judicial Council of the Seventh Circuit.
(c) Filing Outside of Business Hours. Counsel for the petitioner and counsel for any other person or group seeking
leave to file amicus briefs or motions should communicate with either the chief deputy clerk or
the senior staff attorney promptly after counsel’s appointment to establish procedures to be used in the event of an emergency.
Should an emergency arise before such procedures have been established and at
a time that the clerk’s office is not open, counsel should use the phone number listed in the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin for after hours emergencies. [That number is (312) 514-9622.]
(d) §2255 Motions. The clerk shall cause a civil case number to be assigned to any motion filed
pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 2255. Except where otherwise ordered, a separate file
and docket of the pleadings filed in connection with such motions shall be
maintained under the civil case number. The clerk shall cause a docket entry to be
made on the criminal docket indicating the filing of any §2255 motion and the
civil case number assigned to the motion. The docket entry will also indicate that
a file and docket with that civil case number is maintained for filing and
docketing the motion and pleadings associated with the §2255 motion.