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Johnson Ford Co., Inc. v. Lewan

ILLINOIS APPELLATE COURT — FIRST DISTRICT, FOURTH DIVISION.


JUNE 3, 1966.

JOHNSON FORD COMPANY, INC., PLAINTIFF-COUNTER-DEFENDANT, APPELLANT,

v.

PHILIP LEWAN, DEFENDANT-COUNTER-PLAINTIFF, APPELLEE.

Appeal from the Circuit Court of Cook County, First Municipal District; the Hon. WILLIAM M. BARTH, Judge, presiding. Affirmed.

MR. JUSTICE ENGLISH DELIVERED THE OPINION OF THE COURT.

The motion now before us is that of defendant to strike a document entitled "Statement of Facts" filed by plaintiff in the trial court as part of the record in this case. *fn1 The "Statement of Facts" bears a certification by the trial judge that it is a "correct, full and true statement of the facts material to" the controversy, and indicates that it may be incorporated in the record on appeal in lieu of a report of proceedings.

In the trial court plaintiff gave due notice to defendant that on December 21, 1965, it would move for certification of the "Statement of Facts" by the trial judge. On that date an order was entered which did not purport to continue the motion to a later date, but rather purported only to "extend the time for approving and filing of Statement of Facts to December 27th, 1965." This does not have the same effect. The establishment of a time within which a document may be presented for approval and filing does not automatically bring the matter before the court on the last day of the authorized period. A motion must be made for that purpose, and on due notice.

When no order of continuance was entered, the validity of the original notice terminated, and no further notice was ever given. Consequently, when plaintiff, ex parte, presented the "Statement of Facts" for the court's approval on December 27, 1965, there was a failure of compliance with Circuit Court Rule 2.1 pertaining to notice. McFadden v. Wernecke, 35 Ill. App.2d 441, 183 N.E.2d 181.

As to its contents, the "Statement of Facts" is governed by Supreme Court Rule 36. *fn2 Ill Rev Stats (1963), c 110, § 101.36. The document must be a report of proceedings setting forth the testimony, the rulings of the trial judge, etc., pursuant to paragraph (1) (c); or it must be a statement of facts agreed to by the parties on written stipulation, pursuant to paragraph (1) (d). The rule contemplates no other kind of document for preserving a record of the trial proceedings.

The "Statement of Facts" filed in this case is a narrative statement which does not purport to show the testimony as such, nor the names of any witnesses, nor what any particular witness testified to, nor any objections of counsel, nor any rulings of the trial judge (other than the judgment). In short, it obviously does not purport to comply with Rule 36(1) (c) as a report of proceedings.

The record also discloses that the "Statement of Facts" was not stipulated or agreed to by defendant, so it does not qualify as an agreed statement of facts under Rule 36(1) (d).

The document, therefore, has no standing, and defendant's motion to strike it is allowed. Feldman v. Munizzo, 16 Ill. App.2d 58, 64, 147 N.E.2d 427.

Since the time for filing a proper report of proceedings or agreed statement of facts has expired, and since the only errors relied on for reversal would require consideration of the trial court proceedings, the judgment of the Circuit Court is affirmed. Early v. Early, 13 Ill. App.2d 394, 141 N.E.2d 758; Williamson v. Williamson, 11 Ill. App.2d 572, 138 N.E.2d 80.

Affirmed.

DRUCKER, P.J. and McCORMICK, J., concur.


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