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Illinois Supreme Court says State's Attorneys cannot make traffic stops absent police investigations; Concludes SAFE units are unauthorized

Heather Isringhausen Gvillo Jul. 3, 2017, 2:33pm

The Illinois Supreme Court affirmed the Third District Appellate Court’s decision that the La Salle County State’s Attorney’s Felony Enforcement (SAFE) unit does not have the authority to conduct traffic stops and make arrests as part of its independent drug investigations. 

State Supreme Court expands continuing education credits for judging student simulation training

Melissa Busch Jun. 19, 2017, 8:25am

To better prepare law students to practice in the 21st century, the Illinois Supreme Court recently adopted changes to the minimum continuing legal education (MCLE) rules that emphasize the increasing importance of simulation training for educating law students.

Supreme Court continues e-filing transition with new digital deadlines

Corinne Lincoln-Pinheiro Jun. 12, 2017, 7:48am

SPRINGFIELD — The Illinois Supreme Court announced on May 30 amendments to its statewide plan of converting to a digital filing system.

Scott Bibb historical marker to be unveiled this month in Alton

Corinne Lincoln-Pinheiro Jun. 8, 2017, 12:41pm

An Illinois historical marker will be unveiled this month to honor an African American man who fought for his children’s civil rights in the 1800s.

Retired judge Coady named IJA president

Mike Helenthal Jun. 7, 2017, 11:47am

CHICAGO — John Coady, a retired judge from the Fourth Judicial Circuit, was named the 2017-18 president of the Illinois Judges Association.

Illinois Supreme Court deadlocks on whether title companies' attorney payments are kickbacks

Jonathan Bilyk May 23, 2017, 1:28pm

A divided Illinois Supreme Court has let stand a lower court’s decision to allow lawyers to earn fees – even fees that appear overly large, compared to the amount of work being done – from real estate title companies, despite accusations that the fee-splitting arrangements amount to little more than a kickback scheme.

Illinois Supreme Court adopts policy statement for pretrial services

Russell Boniface May 16, 2017, 6:52am

The Illinois Supreme Court has adopted a statewide policy statement for pretrial services that includes a risk assessment tool to help courts determine whether low-risk defendants should be detained or released prior to trial.

Illinois Supreme Court approves new rule mandating jury trials in certain cases under mental health code

Shanice Harris May 12, 2017, 5:00pm

SPRINGFIELD — Chief Justice Lloyd Karmeier and the Illinois Supreme Court announced last month the approval of Supreme Court Rule 293. The new rule requires that all trial courts commence a jury trial if requested by a respondent in an involuntary admission proceeding.

Illinois Supreme Court rejects woman’s alternative driving impairment claim

John Sammon May 5, 2017, 7:37am

SPRINGFIELD — The Illinois Supreme Court on April 20 rejected the appeal of a woman who maintained that it was low blood pressure and not illegal drugs that caused her to lose consciousness at the wheel of her car and seriously injure two other people in a crash.

New attorneys to be sworn in at Illinois State Bar admission ceremonies May 4

Sara McCleary May 4, 2017, 2:03pm

Illinois Supreme Court Chief Justice Lloyd A. Karmeier will be presiding over a bar admission ceremony in Collinsville today where 86 new attorneys will be sworn in.

Illinois Supreme Court mandates diversity and mental health training for lawyers

Chandra Lye Apr. 14, 2017, 3:16pm

SPRINGFIELD — The Illinois Supreme Court has instituted a program that it believes will boost sensitivity to diversity and mental health issues in the legal profession in the state.

'Loser pays' standard from Idaho likely wouldn't make it in Illinois Supreme Court, litigation reformer says

Karen Kidd Feb. 16, 2017, 12:10pm

SPRINGFIELD – A new "loser pays" standard set down by the Idaho Supreme Court last fall, and now challenged by a bill in that state's Legislature, likely would never fly in Illinois courts, a litigation reform advocate said during a recent interview.

Moore's seat in First Judicial Circuit to be filled by Carbondale attorney Gill

Ann Maher Feb. 1, 2017, 9:09am

Carbondale attorney Carey C. Gill, 40, of Carterville has been appointed an at large circuit judge in the First Judicial Circuit, the Illinois Supreme Court announced Jan. 26.

Illinois Supreme Court certifies new problem-solving courts

Dawn Geske Jan. 18, 2017, 8:05am

New problem-solving courts in Kendall, Peoria and Tazewell counties have received certification by the Illinois Supreme Court.

New rules limit juvenile shackling in court unless judge makes decision after hearing

Dawn Geske Nov. 18, 2016, 12:29pm

The Illinois Supreme Court has adopted new rules regarding the use of restraints on minors in delinquency proceedings.

Illinois considers adopting a more portable bar exam

Taryn Phaneuf Nov. 14, 2016, 3:00pm

The Illinois Board of Admissions to the Bar is looking for input on a proposal to adopt the Uniform Bar Examination — a multistate bar exam by the National Conference of Bar Examiners, which is becoming the standard of bar exams across the country.

Critic of six-member jury law is pleased with recent decision declaring it unconstitutional

Taryn Phaneuf Sep. 29, 2016, 1:04pm

SPRINGFIELD — In a 5-0 decision, the Illinois Supreme Court has struck down a law requiring six-member juries in civil trials.

Illinois Supreme Court names new communications director

Taryn Phaneuf Sep. 29, 2016, 12:48pm

SPRINGFIELD — Christopher Bonjean will join the Illinois Supreme Court as director of the office of communications and public information. There, he will be responsible for reorganized the division charged with informing and educating Illinoisans about the judicial system.

Why Madigan wants the map

Austin Berg, Illinois Policy Institute Aug. 23, 2016, 8:46am

Illinois politicians love to be involved in choosing their voters, especially Madigan.

Redistricting reform proponents say voters need voice over legislators' self interest

Carrie Salls Aug. 19, 2016, 8:20am

SPRINGFIELD – Attorneys for Independent Maps submitted a brief to the Illinois Supreme Court arguing that a lower court’s ruling against the constitutionality of a proposed redistricting reform amendment is contrary to both the drafters' intent for the 1970 Illinois Constitution and the language of the constitution’s provision allowing voters to propose amendments.