In this article, we answer the question, “what happens if new evidence is discovered after trial in Illinois?” We explain what to do if you discover new evidence after a court order is entered in Illinois. We discuss motions to reconsider and petitions for relief from judgment and compare and contrast the two.
For more on post-trial motions in Illinois, check out our article: Post-Trial Motions in Illinois Divorce.
Either option will require the person seeking to overturn the judgment to show:
The motion should demonstrate:
Motions to reconsider may be filed within 30 days of the order in question if new evidence is discovered after trial.
The trial court has discretion as to whether to grant a motion to reconsider. Motions to reconsider do not require new service of process upon the respondent.
For more on motions to reconsider, check out our article: Motions to Reconsider in Illinois.
Petitions for relief from judgment must be filed within 2 years of the judgment in question. This deadline may be extended if the person filing the petition is under legal disability or duress, or if the grounds for the petition were fraudulently concealed from the petitioner.
Unlike a motion to reconsider, a petition for relief from judgment require service of process upon the respondent.