Illinois Fifth District Appellate Court News

Fifth District overturns order in forced drug treatment case

By David Hutton | Dec 11, 2017

MOUNT VERNON – The Fifth District Appellate Court has overturned a lower court’s ruling in a case in which a woman was allegedly subjected to involuntary treatment with psychotropic drugs.

Fifth District denies appeal of man found guilty of first-degree murder in 1997

By John Sammon | Dec 7, 2017

MOUNT VERNON – The Fifth District Appellate Court on Nov. 27 affirmed an earlier dismissal by the St. Clair County Circuit Court of a convicted killer’s claims that he was denied due process because he had been appointed an ineffective attorney.

Appellate court upholds 11-year sentence of man accused of hitting toddler

By Elizabeth Alt | Dec 1, 2017

MOUNT VERNON – A Belleville man who pleaded guilty for aggravated battery of a child in 2012 will serve 11 years with three years of mandated supervised release after his appeal for a lighter sentence was denied.

Fifth District upholds workers' compensation ruling in shoulder injury case

By David Hutton | Nov 17, 2017

MOUNT VERNON – The Fifth District Appellate Court upheld a decision out of the Madison County Circuit Court siding with a decision by the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission ordering prospective shoulder surgery in a case.

Fifth District rejects tractor trailer driver's back injury claim

By David Hutton | Nov 17, 2017

MOUNT VERNON – The Fifth District Appellate Court affirmed a decision by the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission that the estate of an Illinois man failed to prove his back issues were linked to his employment.

Fifth District rejects workers' compensation appeal

By David Hutton | Nov 10, 2017

The Fifth District Appellate Court has ruled that a man failed to prove his disability claim with the state’s Workers Compensation Commission.

Fifth District upholds denial of man's workers' compensation claim

By John Sammon | Nov 6, 2017

The Fifth District Appellate Court on Nov. 1 denied an appeal by Robert Leyden to collect workers' compensation benefits after Leyden alleged he was injured in an on-the-job accident.

Overstreet announces bid for permanent seat at Fifth District

By Ann Maher | Oct 30, 2017

Justice David Overstreet of Mt. Vernon will seek election to the Fifth District Appellate Court for the seat being vacated next year by Justice Richard Goldenhersh, who is retiring.

Alton man convicted of murder as teen may not file petition, appeals court rules

By Karen Kidd | Oct 26, 2017

MT. VERNON – An Alton man imprisoned more than 30 years after being sentenced as a teenager in 1986 in the brutal killing of another teen, will not be allowed to file another appeal of his conviction, according to an order handed down by the Fifth District Appellate Court last week.

Granite City firefighter not entitled to full line-of-duty disability pension, court rules

By Dee Thompson | Oct 26, 2017

MT. VERNON — The Fifth District Appellate Court has ruled that a career firefighter’s back condition was not solely the result of his firefighting duties, so he is not entitled to a line-of-duty disability pension.

Fifth District upholds ruling rejecting man's request to vacate commitment

By John Sammon | Oct 16, 2017

MOUNT VERNON – The Fifth District Appellate Court on Oct. 4 upheld the rejection of the appeal of a man seeking annulment of a court order that had committed him as a sexually violent person, ruling that allegations he did not have the mental capacity to understand the proceedings against him were groundless.

Fifth District Appellate Court affirms ruling on child support and maintenance

By Sara McCleary | Sep 27, 2017

MOUNT VERNON – A decision concerning child support and maintenance payments has been affirmed at the Fifth District Appellate Court.

Goldenhersh will not seek another term at Fifth District in '18

By Ann Maher | Sep 20, 2017

Fifth District Appellate Court Justice Richard Goldenhersh will not seek another 10-year term when his current one expires at the end of next year.

Fifth District Appellate Court affirms decision denying modification of parental time

By Sara McCleary | Sep 19, 2017

MOUNT VERNON – The Fifth District Appellate Court has upheld a decision denying a father’s motion to modify custody arrangements with his son.

Fifth District vacates man's aggravated domestic battery conviction

By Angela Underwood | Sep 12, 2017

MOUNT VERNON – The Fifth District Appellate Court has vacated an aggravated domestic battery conviction because the state failed to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the victim suffered great bodily harm.

Fifth District Appellate Court upholds denial of summary judgment in Jeep forfeiture case

By Sara McCleary | Sep 11, 2017

MOUNT VERNON – The Fifth District Appellate Court has upheld Madison County Associate Judge Jennifer Hightower in a case involving the forfeiture of a vehicle.

Appellate court affirms ruling for State Farm in Belleville property owner's fire claim

By John Sammon | Sep 11, 2017

MOUNT VERNON – The Fifth District Appellate Court has upheld a verdict denying a Belleville property owner's fraud claims against State Farm Insurance Co. regarding a fire-damaged property.

Fifth District reverses psychotropic drug administration ruling

By Olivia Olsen | Sep 6, 2017

MOUNT VERNON – The Fifth District Appellate Court has reversed Madison County Associate Judge Thomas Chapman in a case involving involuntary administration of psychotropic drugs.

First-degree murder convictions upheld by Fifth District

By Sara McCleary | Sep 6, 2017

MOUNT VERNON – The Fifth District Appellate Court has affirmed the convictions of a man found guilty of murdering two people.

Fifth District refuses son's claim on deceased mother's estate

By Chandra Lye | Sep 5, 2017

MOUNT VERNON – The Fifth District Appellate Court has affirmed a ruling that prevents a son from receiving inheritance from his late mother’s estate.

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