A motion to consolidate cases pending in the Chancery Division shall be heard by the Presiding Judge of the Division.(i) Cases consolidated pursuant to subparagraph (a) above shall be assigned to the calendar to which the case with the lowest docket number was assigned. A motion to consolidate a case pending in the Chancery Division with a case pending in any other Division or District of the Circuit Court of Cook County shall be heard pursuant to General Order 12 of the Circuit Court of Cook County.If actions before the court involve a common question of law or fact, the court may: (1) join for hearing or trial any or all matters at issue in the actions; (2) consolidate the actions; or (3) issue any other orders to avoid unnecessary cost or delay.

Child support orders in cases brought under the Domestic Violence Protection Act (Fam. However, a domestic violence case must not be designated as the primary file.

(2)(form FL-920), indicating that the support orders in those actions are consolidated into the primary file.

(2) The motion to consolidate: (A) Is deemed a single motion for the purpose of determining the appropriate filing fee, but memorandums, declarations, and other supporting papers must be filed only in the lowest numbered case; (B) Must be served on all attorneys of record and all nonrepresented parties in all of the cases sought to be consolidated; and (C) Must have a proof of service filed as part of the motion.

(b) Lead case Unless otherwise provided in the order granting the motion to consolidate, the lowest numbered case in the consolidated case is the lead case.

(c) Order An order granting or denying all or part of a motion to consolidate must be filed in each case sought to be consolidated.

If the motion is granted for all purposes including trial, any subsequent document must be filed only in the lead case.When ordering a separate trial, the court must preserve any federal right to a jury trial. For comparable statutes dealing with consolidation see Ark. A motion to consolidate is a motion which seeks to combine two cases into one proceeding.It may be granted if the cases involve common questions of law or fact to be resolved.This article addresses the pros and cons, procedures and methods of consolidating cases. The decision on whether to consolidate requires in depth knowledge of your case and a multi-tiered analysis of the pros and cons of consolidation.