Before proceeding with the merits of the appeal, it is necessary to discuss the provisions of Supreme Court Rule 323 (107 Ill. 2d R. 323). Subsection (c) provides that if no verbatim transcript of the evidence of proceedings is obtainable, the appellant may prepare a proposed report of proceedings from the best available sources, including recollection. (107 Ill. 2d R. 323(c).) Subsection (d) provides that the parties, by written stipulation, may agree upon a statement of facts material to the controversy and file it without certification in lieu of and within the time for filing a report of proceedings. (107 Ill. 2d R. 323(d).) No verbatim transcript of the evidence of the proceedings was available. The appellant did not prepare a proposed report of proceedings, and the parties did not by written stipulation agree upon a statement of facts material to the controversy and file it within the time for filing a report of proceedings.
APPELLATE COURT OF ILLINOIS, FOURTH DISTRICT
539 N.E.2d 820, 183 Ill. App. 3d 945, 132 Ill. Dec. 257 1989.IL.802
Appeal from the Circuit Court of Sangamon County; the Hon. Stuart A. Shiffman, Judge, presiding.
PRESIDING JUSTICE McCULLOUGH delivered the opinion of the court. KNECHT and SPITZ, JJ., concur.
DECISION OF THE COURT DELIVERED BY THE HONORABLE JUDGE MCCULLOUGH
The defendants Ray A. Robison and Lannie A. Robison appeal from a judgment of the circuit court of Sangamon County entered in favor of the plaintiff and against the defendants in the amount of $4,900 and attorney fees in the amount of $400. The issues presented for review are: (1) whether the defendants were entitled to receive notice to the buyer remedies upon default as provided in section 20 of the Motor Vehicle Retail Installment Sales Act (Ill. Rev. Stat. 1987, ch. 121 1/2, par. 580); (2) whether the failure of Mr. Ron Loveall, as agent of the plaintiff, to be present at the trial deprived the defendants of their right to cross-examine and confront a witness; and (3) the failure of the plaintiff to grant an extension or renewal of an unpaid balance as provided in section 19 (Ill. Rev. Stat. 1987, ch. 121 1/2, par. 579) violates the provisions of that statute.
"It is appellant's duty to present a complete record on appeal so that the reviewing court is fully informed regarding issues to be resolved. [Citations.] Absent an adequate record on appeal, it is presumed that the trial court's judgment conforms to the law and has a sufficient factual basis."
Only the Judge's docket entries of September 14, 1988, and September 23, 1988, reveal the basis for the judgment of the court. The entry of September 14, 1988, states:
"Cause called for trial witnesses sworn, evidence heard Judgment for plaintiff for $4,900 plus costs against both defendants plus attorney fees."
And the entry of September 23, 1988, states:
"Judgment entered for attorneys fees $400."
It could be argued that the statement of facts set forth in the appellant's brief is sufficient to bring the issues to the attention of this court. This is because the plaintiff in its appellee's brief "adopts verbatim, the defendant-appellant's statement of facts, with exhibits and same as reprinted below." A statement of facts, however, in an appellant's brief is not sufficient to bring this matter to the attention of the reviewing court as to what transpired and what evidence was presented to the trier of fact.
"Assertions of the evidence in an appellant's brief, as are contained here, cannot serve as a substitute for a report of proceedings in compliance with Supreme Court Rule 323." (Teitelbaum v. Reliable Welding Co. ...