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Civil case is dismissed with prejudice!

Chicago, IL |

What does it mean if a civil case is dismissed with prejudice?

Can either party bring it back (reopen) before the judge at any given time?

In this case, would it be an appeal to have the case reopened again?

Is there a statute of limitations?

Thank you.

Attorney Answers 4


  1. "Dismissed with Prejudice" means the case is permanently over-with.


  2. If a case has been dismissed with prejudice, it means that it cannot be refiled. The case cannot be reopened.


  3. No, the case can not ever be reopened if it was dismissed with prejudice. The case is simply over and any issues relating to the case are done.

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  4. It mans that the case is permanently over unless that court's decision is reversed.

    If you are interested in appealing, consult an appellate lawyer immediately. Appealing pro se is not recommended due to the many technical requirements.

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