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Illinois Bar Journal
Articles on Evidence

Proponent of “novel scientific evidence” must demonstrate that the scientist’s methods are generally accepted in the profession and reliable before court may admit the evidence December 2001 Illinois Law Update, Page 624 On September 12, 2001, the Appellate Court of Illinois, Third District, held that before the trial court can admit "novel scientific testimony," the proponent of the evidence must prove the reliability and general acceptability of the scientist's methods.
Allowing Child Victims’ Hearsay under Section 115-10: A Critical Analysis By Hon. Robert W. Cook and Edward C. Snow November 2001 Article, Page 582 A critical look at the statute from a justice of the fourth district appellate court.
Follow-up to preservation of evidence legislation P.A. 92-459 October 2001 Illinois Law Update, Page 516 When Gov. Ryan signed P.A. 91-871 (governing evidence retention) in June of 2000, he expressed concerns with a number of provisions in the law including overbroad application to all physical evidence, arbitrary time limits for retention of evidence and unclear guidelines for the court in granting requests for early disposition of evidence.
Correspondence from Our Readers September 2001 Column, Page 446 In defense of the common fund doctrine.
Expanded hearsay exception for victims of elder abuse ; P.A. 92-091 September 2001 Illinois Law Update, Page 454 Gov. Ryan recently signed legislation expanding the hearsay exception for incapacitated seniors.
The Lawyer’s Journal By Bonnie C. McGrath September 2001 Column, Page 450 Two years and time's up for legal malpractice; nightshift-assignment doesn't constitute sex discrimination; and more.
The Lawyer’s Journal By Bonnie C. McGrath June 2001 Column, Page 282 Knock-off alert for real estate contract; new Supreme Court Rule 99; time is money, and thus compensable; and more.
Goodbye to the “Same-Part-of-the-Body” Rule By Saul Ferris May 2001 Article, Page 261 A post-mortem of the Voykin case, which abrogated the rule.
Illinois Supreme Court 2000: The Last Work of the Court as We Knew It By Nancy J. Arnold and Tim Eaton April 2001 Article, Page 174 The last body of cases from a court that included Justices Bilandic, Heiple, Miller, and Rathje.
Requests to Admit; What Are “Ultimate Facts” and “Legal Conclusions”? By Lora D. Kadlec February 2001 Article, Page 95 Distinguishing between "ultimate facts" and "legal conclusions" for requests to admit remains a difficult but important job.
Rule 213(g): The “Solution” to Rule 220 Creates New Problems By Hon. Barbara A. McDonald February 2001 Article, Page 80 Last month's IBJ focused on the practical implications of Rule 213(g); this month's article undertakes a thorough analysis and offers recommendations for improvement.
The Dos and Don’ts of Rule 213 Opinion Witness Discovery By Daniel P. Wurl January 2001 Article, Page 22 Guidelines for conducting opinion witness discovery in Illinois.
An Introduction to Opinion Testimony Disclosures in Illinois By Richard L. Miller II January 2001 Article, Page 18 An overview of Rule 213(f) and (g) and the cases interpreting them.
Retained Experts’ Opinions in Medical Malpractice Cases By Terrence J. Lavin January 2001 Article, Page 39 Rule 213 pointers for med-mal lawyers.
Expert Testimony About Psychological Syndromes: How Far Can an Expert Go? By Steven J. Sturm and Rebecca N. Poulson December 2000 Article, Page 704 How far can psychological experts go in bolstering witness credibility? The authors review the law in Illinois.
New hearsay exception for “safe zone testimony” ; P.A. 91-899 December 2000 Illinois Law Update, Page 690 Under a recent change to the Illinois Code of Criminal Procedure, certain hearsay evidence will soon be admissible in some circumstances.
The Lawyer’s Journal By Bonnie C. McGrath November 2000 Column, Page 620 A lower burden of proof for consumer fraud? Arbitration-award rejection—can secretaries sign after all? and more.
Protecting Evidence of Self-Critical Analysis From Discovery in Illinois By Michelle R. Mosby-Scott and Michael Todd Scott November 2000 Article, Page 648 A review of self-critical-analysis privilege under federal and state law.
Trial court did not abuse its discretion in allowing deposition testimony of plaintiff’s doctor taken 25 months prior to trial regarding plaintiff’s prognosis November 2000 Illinois Law Update, Page 624 On September 21, 2000, the Supreme Court of Illinois affirmed the appellate court's decision that it was not error for the trial court to have admitted deposition testimony regarding the plaintiff's prognosis when the testimony was given 25 months prior to trial.
The Lawyer’s Journal By Bonnie C. McGrath October 2000 Column, Page 560 The illusion of insurance exclusion; lease lacking, landlord loses; OSHA makes house calls; and more.
Sexual assault evidence may be released by health officials in new circumstances; P.A. 91-888 October 2000 Illinois Law Update, Page 563 Under a new Illinois law, sexual assault evidence collection kits may be released in an increased number of situations to facilitate prosecutions of alleged offenders.
Evidence Practice Guides By James E. Duggan September 2000 Column, Page 543 Illinois lawyers are fortunate to have several good sources for guidance on evidence law. Here are thumbnail sketches of the leading treatises and practice guides.
Governor signs new law mandating the preservation of evidence, withholds authority to exercise amendatory veto P.A. 91-871 September 2000 Illinois Law Update, Page 500 The 91st General Assembly has taken a second major step toward ensuring criminal justice by requiring that physical evidence used to convict criminals be preserved for DNA and other testing in post-trial proceedings.
Statute permitting medical records to be given to law enforcement officials investigating motor vehicle accident deemed constitutional September 2000 Illinois Law Update, Page 500 On July 6, 2000, the Supreme Court of Illinois reversed the circuit court's finding that section 11-501.4-1 ("the section") of the Illinois Motor Vehicle Code is unconstitutional and violated the defendant's right to privacy of his medical records.
Supreme court rejects “same part of the body rule” and holds that defendants must present evidence establishing relevance of plaintiff’s prior injury September 2000 Illinois Law Update, Page 500 On July 6, 2000, the Illinois Supreme Court affirmed the appellate court's ruling that a defendant who wishes to introduce evidence of a prior injury, whether or not the injury is to the same body part, must introduce evidence establishing the prior injury's relevance.
The Case for Making Pre-Impact Fear Compensable in Survival Actions By Jeffrey J. Kroll August 2000 Article, Page 462 The author argues that Illinois should follow other states and make pre-impact fear compensable.
The Lawyer’s Journal By Bonnie C. McGrath July 2000 Column, Page 378 Grandparents lose at High Court—but how much? HMOs lose in one high court, win in another; and more.
The Quandary Facing Deponents Who Err at Deposition By Robert S. Minetz May 2000 Article, Page 276 The Supreme Court Rules should allow deponents who err during depositions to correct their testimony on the errata sheets, this author argues.
An Illinois Litigator’s Guide to Finding and Using Experts By Terrence J. Lavin, John L. Nisivaco, and Martin A. Dolan March 2000 Article, Page 168 Experts: should you find one and how?
The Lawyer’s Journal By Bonnie C. McGrath March 2000 Column, Page 124 Public defenders and legal malpractice; lawyers can commit UPL; and more.