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2017 Annual Report of the Illinois Courts Nears Completion

July 23, 2018

Each year, the Administrative Office of the Illinois Courts compiles an exhaustive, two volume report summarizing the work done by the Judicial Branch during the previous twelve months. This monumental undertaking is the product of countless hours of work by Administrative Office staff, working in cooperation with personnel from every level the court system...

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Justice Corner

July 23, 2018

Dear Justice Corner:

I have court calls with many self-represented litigants who ask my clerk a lot of questions. What assistance or direction can my clerk give to SRLs (especially about e-filing)? How can I get training for my clerk about helping SRLs? ...

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Illinois Supreme Court History: Movies and Censorship

July 23, 2018

In the late 1890s and early 1900s, well before stars like Harold Lloyd, Buster Keaton, and Charlie Chaplin were famous, moving pictures became a form of popular entertainment for people of all ages. Movies were unregulated, allowing theater owners to show violent or indecent movies...

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Attorney Discipline: Suspensions Stayed by Probation

July 23, 2018

Last month’s article mentioned the three types of disciplinary suspensions imposed by the Illinois Supreme Court for attorney misconduct, and discussed suspensions until further order of the Court. This article will attempt to provide a basic understanding of a second type of suspension: suspensions stayed in full or in part by a term of probation...

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Illinois Judges Receive Recognition and Awards

July 23, 2018

Illinois judges are increasingly being recognized for their dedicated work in courtrooms throughout the state. Here are some of the recent honors received by Illinois judges...

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Spotlighting a Few Access to Justice Champions

July 23, 2018

Last year, during one of our summer newsletter columns, the ATJ Commission celebrated a number of wonderful partners who help to make up the incredibly vibrant and engaged access to justice community in Illinois...

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12 Ways to Avoid A Rejected E-Filing and Other Illinois E-Filing Tips

July 23, 2018

Last July, 2Civility brought you 30 Things to Know About E-Filing Changes in Illinois. It remains a great resource for e-filing tips to get acquainted with e-filing in our courts...

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Flat Court Budget Hits Probation Hardest

June 25, 2018

In his March 2018 column for Illinois Courts Connect, Chief Justice Karmeier discussed what has become a perennial challenge – to secure adequate funding for the Illinois judicial branch of government...

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JusticeCorps expands, looks to add to 83,000 assisted in 2017

June 25, 2018

Illinois JusticeCorps (ILJC) is an AmeriCorps program that places volunteers from diverse backgrounds in courts to help people without lawyers navigate the justice system...

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Justice Corner

June 25, 2018

Dear Justice Corner:

I want to do something to better serve SRLs in my court. Do you have any ideas?

- Judge Newproject

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Illinois Supreme Court History: The Seal of the Supreme Court

June 25, 2018

The seal of any governmental entity is important because it certifies a document emanating from a particular office as authoritative and valid. In the Illinois Supreme Court, seals are attached to official documents, appointments, and law licenses. In its 200-year existence, the Court has utilized only three seals. The Clerk of the Illinois Supreme Court is the official keeper of the seal...

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Courthouse Professionalism Trainings Aim to Improve Visitor Experience

June 25, 2018

People want to be heard. This is especially true for people who enter a courthouse for the first time. So, how can courthouse employees make sure all people who walk through the courthouse doors have a positive experience?...

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Illinois Judges Receive Recognition and Awards

June 25, 2018

Illinois judges are increasingly being recognized for their dedicated work in courtrooms throughout the state. Here are some of the recent honors received by Illinois judges:...

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Attorney Discipline: What is a UFO Suspension?

June 25, 2018

There are three types of disciplinary suspensions imposed by the Illinois Supreme Court for attorney misconduct: suspensions that end of their own accord after a set amount of time elapses (known informally as “straight suspensions”), suspensions that are stayed in full or in part by a term of probation, and suspensions that run until further order of the Court (known as “UFO suspensions”).

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Justice Corner

May 25, 2018

A Self-Represented Litigant (SRL) came to court for the first time without any documents and the other party has not been served yet. What information, if any, can I give the SRL? ...

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The ARDC’s Study of Client Lawyer Matching Services: A Call for Comments

May 25, 2018

The ARDC invites you to review and to provide comment on its study of client lawyer matching services, available at www.iardc.org.

The study cites documented access to justice challenges in our state and in our nation... 

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Illinois ATJ Commission Plain Language Forms Update

May 25, 2018

The Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Access to Justice (ATJ Commission) has been developing plain language court forms for self-represented litigants (SRLs). As part of this process, on May 16, the ATJ Commission published new divorce and child support forms...

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Third Future Law Conference a Success

May 25, 2018

On May 2, 2018, the Commission on Professionalism presented its third annual future law conference: The Future is Now: Legal Services 2.018. Over 400 participants attended, including lawyers, judges, and law students from around Illinois and the surrounding states. The day was exhilarating; the feedback was overwhelmingly positive... 

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Illinois Judges Recieve Recognition and Awards

May 25, 2018

Illinois judges are increasingly being recognized for their dedicated work in courtrooms throughout the state. Here are some of the recent honors received by Illinois judges... 

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Illinois Supreme Court History: Milwaukee Avenue Toll Road Case

May 25, 2018

Toll roads cause great irritation with motorists across the country and in Illinois. Proponents argue that the roads are largely self-sufficient and paid for by those who use them, while opponents complain of the high tolls and the restrictions on freedom of movement. One interesting Illinois Supreme Court case in the nineteenth century concerned the inheritance of a Milwaukee Avenue toll road.... 

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April 2018 Justice Corner

April 25, 2018

Dear Justice Corner:

My court is in a rural area but we have had a few requests for languages other than Spanish that I cannot recognize...

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A Profession in Crisis –Stepping up to the Plate for our Colleagues in Need

April 25, 2018

As lawyers, we are a vulnerable population.  Recent studies have confirmed that the overwhelming stress that is commonplace in our legal profession disproportionately results in attorneys suffering levels of depression, anxiety, addiction, and other serious issues at rates much higher than those seen in the general population.

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Illinois Supreme Court History: Personal Liberties and the Illinois Supreme Court

April 25, 2018

The American Civil War was a traumatic event in our nation’s young history. The principal question was legal. Did states have the right to secede from the Union? President Abraham Lincoln argued that the contractual bond among the states was inviolable...

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Illinois Judges Receive Recognition and Awards

April 25, 2018

Illinois judges are increasingly being recognized for their dedicated work in courtrooms throughout the state. Here are some of the recent honors received by Illinois judges:

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Recent Developments in Unauthorized Practice of Law Enforcement

April 23 , 2018

In September 2017, this newsletter contained an article about the role of the Attorney Registration & Disciplinary Commission in combatting the problem of unauthorized practice of law...

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Fighting to Keep the Lights On

March 27, 2018

Since the Great Recession and before, Illinois state government has struggled to meet its basic operating expenses...

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March 2018 Justice Corner

March 27, 2018

Dear Justice Corner:

I have a case where one party is self-represented and the other is represented by a lawyer. I hope you can help me with some issues...

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Lawyers May Not Secretly Track Sent Emails, Says ISBA Opinion

March 27, 2018

As all Illinois lawyers are now required to use email, or at least accept email correspondence and service in filed cases, the legal profession continues to push forward with technological advancements and, frankly, with legal competency related to technology...

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Fighting to Keep the Lights On

March 27, 2018

Since the Great Recession and before, Illinois state government has struggled to meet its basic operating expenses...

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22nd Circuit Successfully Launches Early Resolution Program for Self-Represented Litigants

March 27, 2018

On March 22, 2018, the 22nd Judicial Circuit, in collaboration with Prairie State Legal Aid and the Illinois Supreme Court Access to Justice Commission...

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Illinois Supreme Court Approves Policy on Plain Language

March 27, 2018

During its March term, the Illinois Supreme Court adopted the Illinois Supreme Court Policy on Plain Language (Policy) which had been submitted for the Court's consideration by the Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Access to Justice (ATJ Commission)...

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Illinois Supreme Court History: Montgomery Ward and the Chicago Lake Front

March 27, 2018

As all Illinois lawyers are now required to use email, or at least accept email correspondence and service in filed cases, the legal profession continues to push forward with technological advancements and, frankly, with legal competency related to technology...

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Succession Planning and the Coming Senior Tsunami

March 27, 2018

Illinois is expected to see a dramatic rise in the number of attorneys over 65 years of age engaged in the practice of law over the next 10 to 15 years ...

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Shared Challenges, Common Goals, Continued Confidence

February 28, 2018

The challenges facing the administration of justice in Illinois are not unique. The problems we confront as we attempt to make judicial services more efficient, effective and accessible are shared by many of our ...

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U. of I. visit continues Court's practice of "riding circuit"

February 28, 2018

Over the past few years, the Supreme Court's practice of "riding circuit" has given the public, legislative and executive officials, high school students, educational leaders and the media firsthand experience and a greater appreciation for the work of the Court and its deliberative process....

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Illinois Supreme Court appoints Jason Bohm as Circuit Judge in 6th Circuit

February 28, 2018

Justice Rita B. Garman and the Illinois Supreme Court have announced the appointment of Jason M. Bohm as a Resident Circuit Judge in the Sixth Judicial Circuit...

 

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Illinois Supreme Court to hear oral arguments at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

February 28, 2018

The Illinois Supreme Court will leave the Illinois Supreme Court Building in Springfield behind for a day to hear oral arguments at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign...

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Illinois Supreme Court assigns Judge Peter Cavanagh to fill vacancy in 4th District Appellate Court

February 28, 2018

Justice Rita B. Garman and the Illinois Supreme Court have announced that Circuit Judge Peter C. Cavanagh of the Seventh Judicial Circuit has been assigned as an Appellate Court Justice in the Fourth District...

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Program on bail statute is Committee on Judicial Education's 1st webinar

February 28, 2018

On December 19, 2017, the Committee on Judicial Education of the Illinois Judicial College held its first ever webinar. The topic was on the upcoming changes to the Illinois Bail Bond Statute, effective January 1, 2018...

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Supreme Court Rule 776 and Law Practice Receiverships

February 28, 2018

Supreme Court Rule 776 allows the Supreme Court or a circuit court to appoint an attorney to act as a court-appointed Receiver of a law practice. The Rule is limited to circumstances in which an attorney has died, become disabled or has disappeared and no partner, associate or executor or other responsible party is available to close the law practice...

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Lawyer Advertising Rules: Amendments Overdue

February 28, 2018

The Rules of Professional Conduct pertaining to lawyer advertising, Rules 7.1 through 7.5, are under re-consideration by a number of organizations. You may recall that the Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers (APRL) issued reports recommending a streamlining of the advertising rules in 2015 and 2016...

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Winnebago judges and court partners ensure protection for DV victims after hours

February 28, 2018

The Access to Justice Commission (Commission) would like to recognize Winnebago County for implementing an innovative program for entering emergency orders for protection (OPs) after normal business hours...

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Legislative Committee reviews bills that could impact judiciary, administration of justice

February 28, 2018

With the Legislature back in Springfield, it is certain that proposed legislation is on its way. The Legislative Committee of the Illinois Supreme Court is charged with review and consideration of legislation that may potentially impact the judicial branch or the administration of justice in Illinois...

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Illinois Supreme Court History: Clarence Darrow and the Illinois Supreme Court

February 28, 2018

Clarence Darrow is arguably one of the most famous attorneys this country has ever produced. His high-profile cases defending Eugene V. Debs, Nathan Leopold and Richard Loeb, John T. Scopes, and Ossian Sweet gained him national exposure. Darrow’s ambition and success was a double-edged sword...

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Supreme Court Rules Committee sets public hearing on proposals, including ones on restorative justice and discovery

February 28, 2018

The Illinois Supreme Court Rules Committee will hear comments March 26 at a public hearing in Chicago on eight proposals, including proposals to create a Supreme Court Rule establishing a privilege for statements made during the course of a restorative justice practice and to amend Supreme Court Rules to eliminate the discovery/evidence deposition dichotomy...

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February Justice Corner

February 28, 2018

Dear Justice Corner:

I have a case where both parties are self-represented. I hope you can help me with some issues:

  • Both parties have filed the “wrong” pleadings (e.g., motion to modify instead of a petition for rule to show cause), but I know what they are asking for...


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Illinois Judges Receive Recognition and Awards

February 28, 2018

Illinois judges are increasingly being recognized for their dedicated work in courtrooms throughout the state. Here are some of the recent honors received by Illinois judges...


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Learning Never Stops: “Ed Con” 2018 is Just Around the Corner

Jaunary 31, 2018

No matter what part of the state a judge may call home, no matter what personal and professional background he or she may bring to the bench, no matter what type of docket he or she may preside over, one thing is certain: ongoing judicial education is critical to providing the....

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Judicial Excellence Project aims to serve as national model

Jaunary 31, 2018

In late 2015, the AOIC was invited to partner with the National Center for State Courts (NCSC) on a 24-month project with the stated goal of identifying the knowledge, skills, abilities and other factors that contribute to judicial excellence. With funding support from the....

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The ARDC Commissioners Approve the ARDC’s First Diversity and Inclusion Strategic Plan

Jaunary 31, 2018

The Attorney Registration & Disciplinary Commission’s mission is to promote and protect the integrity of the legal profession, at the direction of the Supreme Court, through attorney registration, education, investigation, prosecution, and....

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January Justice Corner

Jaunary 31, 2018

Dear Justice Corner: I hear Forcible Entry and Detainer cases and have been using the same Order for Possession for years. Do I have to use the new statewide Eviction Order?  And can I continue to enter agreed orders allowing tenants to move out voluntarily by....

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The Court’s Commission on Professionalism Launches New Online Course on Diversity and Implicit Bias

Jaunary 31, 2018

By the year 2044, the United States will not have a single ethnic majority. By 2060, one in five Americans will be foreign-born. And in 2016, for the first time in U.S. history, babies of color were born the majority. In addition, the #MeToo movement has....

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Illinois Judges Receive Recognition and Awards

Jaunary 31, 2018

llinois judges are increasingly being recognized for their dedicated work in and out of courtrooms throughout the state. Here are some of the recent honors received by Illinois judges:....

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Illinois Supreme Court History: The Constitutionality of Parking Meters

Jaunary 31, 2018

Nearly everyone has fed a parking meter or received a parking ticket for an expired meter. The two principal purposes of parking meters are to regulate parking in congested areas and to provide revenues. The justification for the existence of parking meters is....

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Jeanne Marie Wrenn appointed to Cook County Eighth Subcircuit Vacancy

Jaunary 31, 2018

The Illinois Supreme Court has appointed Jeanne Marie Wrenn as a Circuit Judge of the Eighth Subcircuit of Cook County to fill a vacancy created by the retirement of Circuit Judge John J. Fleming. The appointment is effective Feb 7, 2018 and goes through....

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