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Supreme Court Rules Committee to Hold Public Hearing

4/28/2020

April 28, 2020

In accordance with Supreme Court Rule 3 (Rulemaking Procedures), the Supreme Court Rules Committee will hold a public hearing on Wednesday, June 24, 2020, beginning at 10:30 a.m., in Room C-500 at the Michael A. Bilandic Building, 160 N. LaSalle Street, in Chicago.

The public hearing agenda includes the following items:

19-03 (P.R. 0267) Amends Supreme Court Rule 212(d) (Use of Depositions); The Rules Committee seeks comments on a proposal to provide a uniform rule addressing use of depositions taken in previously dismissed and refiled Illinois cases, in federal court prior to remand, and in other states in which the case was dismissed and refiled in Illinois. 

19-05 (P.R. 0269)  Amends Supreme Court Rules 306 (Interlocutory Appeals by Permission), 315 (Leave to Appeal From the Appellate Court to the Supreme Court), 316 (Appeals from Appellate Court to Supreme Court on Certificate), 318 (General Rules Governing All Appeals from the Appellate Court to the Supreme Court), 341 (Briefs) and 368 (Issuance, Stay, and Recall of Mandates from Reviewing Court); The Rules Committee seeks comments on a proposal to amend Supreme Court Rule 306(c)(6) to permit a party to request that the circuit clerk file a complete record when an interlocutory appeal is filed. The proposal would also amend Supreme Court Rules 315 and 368 noting that when the appellate court files a corrected opinion where no petition for rehearing has been filed, that the corrected opinion does not extend the time for a party to petition for leave to appeal. The proposal would also amend Supreme Court Rule 316 to provide that the length of an application for appeal to the Supreme Court on certificate shall be governed by Supreme Court Rule 367. The proposal would also amend Supreme Court Rule 318(c) to indicate that e-filed stamped copies of a pertinent appellate court brief may be filed with the Supreme Court. Lastly, the proposal would amend Supreme Court Rule 341 to provide that a Table of Contents must be included in appellant's brief, but will not be included in the word count.

19-10 (P.R. 0274) Amends Supreme Court Rule 113 (Practice and Procedure in Mortgage Foreclosure Cases); The Rules Committee seeks comments on a proposal to allow for electronic service of foreclosure sale notices to all parties providing an email address.

19-11 (P.R. 0276) Amends Supreme Court Rule 23 (Disposition of Cases in the Appellate Court); The Rules Committee seeks comments on a proposal to repeal Supreme Court Rule 23 in its entirety, requiring all written opinions by the Appellate Court to be published.

19-14 (P.R. 0278) Amends Supreme Court Rule 303 (Appeals from Final Judgments of the Circuit Court in Civil Cases); The Rules Committee seeks comments on a proposal that would amend Supreme Court Rule 303(a)(2) to provide that during the pendency of the circuit court’s jurisdiction over the cause generally, the trial court may entertain a motion to reconsider its denial of a post judgment motion; however, such a request for reconsideration will not toll the running of the time within which a notice of appeal must be filed.

20-04 (P.R. 0283) Amends Supreme Court Rule 705 (Admission on Motion); The Rules Committee seeks comments on a proposal to add a definition of the term “jurisdiction” as that term is used in subsection (d) of the rule; the proposal also amends subsection (i) to allow “remote” practice of law in Illinois by attorneys licensed in other jurisdictions doing work for non-Illinois clients while the attorney is temporarily residing in Illinois for up to 6 months.

20-07 (P.R. 0286)  Proposes a new Supreme Court Rule (Practice and Procedure in Eviction Act Cases); The Rules Committee seeks comments on a proposal that would require all eviction complaints to include a copy of the written eviction notice or demand and, where applicable, the relevant portions of the lease.

The proposals are available on the Supreme Court's website at: www.illinoiscourts.gov/SupremeCourt/Public_Hearings/Rules/. To obtain hard copies of the proposals by U.S. mail, please contact Gabriela Conley at the Administrative Office of the Illinois Courts at (312) 793-2558 or gconley@illinoiscourts.gov.

The Supreme Court Rules Committee invites public comments on the proposals.  Written comments should be submitted no later than Wednesday, June 10, 2020, to abowne@illinoiscourts.gov or via mail to: Committee Secretary, Supreme Court Rules Committee, 222 N. LaSalle Street, 13th Floor, Chicago, Illinois 60601. ***PLEASE NOTE: All written comments submitted will also be published and accessible on the Supreme Court's website.***

To be scheduled to testify at the public hearing, please send an e-mail or written request to the Rules Committee Secretary, as noted above, no later than Wednesday, June 17, 2020.