Thank you everyone for all the information you have provided.
Under the "worst that can happen is they say 'no'" theory, I would like to proceed with trying to void the default judgment.
What is the process to request a reasonable accommodation from the court? I am permanently disabled, my only income is SSDI, and I cannot drive. It would take me hours and cost money I don't have to get to the Daley Center. I've seen judges before simply strike motions if the movant is not present. I'd like to appear by telephone.
The old procedure to file an Application for Waiver of Court Fees was to appear in person at one of the courtrooms in the Daley Center (I can't recall which one). Now that e-filing is required, is there a new procedure to do that? Hopefully remotely?
How likely is it the judge is not familiar with General Order No. 1.3 and would believe he really doesn't have jurisdiction? I know when challenging a court's jurisdiction that is the first thing you have to file, even before an appearance. I'd hate to waive that argument by starting with an appearance and motion to dismiss default judgment. I would attach printouts of the district's webpages showing the jurisdiction tab, so he could at least see that the court is giving out bad information. Is there nothing to hold the court to the information they give out? Collateral estoppel or something bars the court from finding that it does have juristiction where it has stated in writing on the website that it does not?