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New online reporting system will take statewide court data to the next level

Beginning in 2019, the Illinois Supreme Court began unprecedented efforts to identify, collect and make publicly available, comprehensive data regarding court system operations throughout Illinois. These efforts to upgrade existing technology and to streamline data collection and sharing efforts will bring about a sea change in the availability of...

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New Code of Judicial Conduct includes updated Statement of Economic Interest Form

The Illinois Supreme Court announced the adoption of a new Illinois Code of Judicial Conduct on July 1, 2022. The new code took effect on Jan. 1, 2023, and contains the ethics rules governing the behavior of all state court judges in Illinois, as well as candidates for judicial office. The new Code is based on the current American Bar Association Model Code of Judicial Conduct.

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Focus on Rule 4.2 Communications with Persons Represented by Counsel: ABA Formal Opinions 502 and 503

Rule 4.2, commonly referred to as the “no contact” rule, an ethics rule that seemingly does not attract a lot of attention, was the subject of two recent ABA formal ethics opinions. The first, ABA Formal Opinion 502 Communication with a Represented Person by a Pro Se Lawyer (Sept. 28, 2022) looked at the...

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