Trials can be complicated. There are often a variety of factual issues that will require extensive evidence in the form of documents and testimony. What if there was a way to narrow the facts and, in turn, simplify the issues for the judge and all parties’ sake? Behold, Illinois Supreme Court Rule 216 and your request for admissions of fact.
Of course, you know the facts better than anyone. The question is how much time and money do you have to spend to prove those facts to the judge. In many cases, there may be some facts which both sides agree upon. They may still draw different conclusions from those facts, or argue that certain facts are more important than others. The ultimate outcome will still be determined by the court. But both parties may benefit from the clarity that can be provided by the proper use of Rule 216.