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Reporter of Decisions has retired after nearly three decades of service to the Supreme Court By Joseph Tybor and Hon. Alfred M. Swanson Jr. Bench and Bar, January 2014 Brian Ervin began working for the Supreme Court in 1986, and retired effective January 1, 2014 after 27 years of service.
Determining whether “shall” means shall By John C. Robison Jr. Bench and Bar, August 2013 In the recent case of People v. Ousley and in a prior case, People v. Robinson, the Illinois Supreme Court has repeatedly clarified the analytical framework within which to determine the meaning of “shall” in a particular statute and whether there is a consequence for a failure of a governmental official to fulfill an obligatory duty.
Determining whether “shall” means shall By John C. Robison Jr. Mineral Law, May 2013 In the recent case of People v. Ousley and in a prior case, People v. Robinson, the Illinois Supreme Court has repeatedly clarified the analytical framework within which to determine the meaning of “shall” in a particular statute and whether there is a consequence for a failure of a governmental official to fulfill an obligatory duty.
The Illinois Supreme Court establishes a Strategic Planning Committee to identify and meet the changing needs of the Illinois courts By Joseph Tybor and Hon. Alfred M. Swanson Jr. Bench and Bar, October 2012 Chief Justice Thomas L. Kilbride and the Illinois Supreme Court have formed a long-range planning committee to serve as a “think tank” to better adapt Illinois courts to future trends in economic, technological, scientific and social changes.
The supervisory authority of the Supreme Court of Illinois: A powerful tool for the court and practitioner alike By Matthew R. Carter Civil Practice and Procedure, April 2012 Illinois Supreme Court Rule 383 provides the requirements for a motion for supervisory order. These motions are rarely granted, yet they have been used successfully at every stage of litigation in Illinois.
Illinois Supreme Court announces new public domain citation system, ending era of printed volumes By Joseph Tybor and Hon. Alfred M. Swanson Jr. Bench and Bar, June 2011 The Illinois Supreme Court has mandated a new way of officially citing its cases and those of the Illinois Appellate Court starting July 1, 2011. This new method will save Illinois taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars a year by eliminating the need to publish and purchase the official opinions in bound volumes.
Thomas L. Kilbride elected as next Supreme Court Chief Justice By Joseph Tybor Bench and Bar, November 2010 Learn more about the newly elected Chief Justice of the Illinois Supreme Court.
Three women on the Court By Michele M. Jochner Bench and Bar, November 2010 For the first time in history, three women serve on both the U.S. Supreme Court and the Illinois Supreme Court.
Illinois Supreme Court forms Special Judicial Advisory Committee for Justice and Mental Health Planning By Joseph Tybor Bench and Bar, June 2010 The Illinois Supreme Court recently created a Special Supreme Court Advisory Committee for Justice and Mental Health Planning in order to maximize the use of court and community resources to aid the rehabilitation and treatment of accused offenders who have mental health issues.
Audio of Illinois Appellate Court arguments are accessible from Supreme Court Web site By Joseph Tybor Bench and Bar, May 2010 Audio recordings of all oral arguments in the Illinois Appellate Court are now available on the Court’s Web site.
Supreme Court shifts views on arbitration By Sidra Hamidi Alternative Dispute Resolution, May 2010 The Illinois Supreme Court will decide whether courts or arbitrators themselves would decide the enforceability of an arbitration agreement.
Audio of Illinois Appellate Court arguments are accessible from Supreme Court Web site By Joseph Tybor Bench and Bar, April 2010 Audio recordings of all oral arguments in the Illinois Appellate Court are now available on the Supreme Court’s Web site.
A perspective on the Illinois Supreme Court, judging, and our profession By Hon. Anne M. Burke Bench and Bar, October 2009 Address to the Northwest Suburban Bar Association January 28, 2009.
Supreme Court arguments on the Web By Alfred M. Swanson Jr. and Joseph Tybor Bench and Bar, February 2008 The Illinois Supreme Court has begun publishing video and audio recordings of oral arguments on its Web site (http://www.state.il.us/court/).
Administrative Order limiting number and length of published opinions in Appellate Court is repealed By J. Timothy Eaton Bench and Bar, February 2007 On December 18, 2006, our Supreme Court issued a very succinct Order repealing its prior Administrative Order 10343, which was entered on June 27, 1994.
State appropriations to court system for fiscal year 2002 By Hon. Dennis M. Dohm Bench and Bar, October 2001 In "An Act making appropriations" (P.A. 92-3) for state fiscal year July 1, 2001, to July 1, 2002 (FY, '02), the General Assembly made the following appropriations to the Illinois Supreme Court for the operation of the Illinois court system (similar appropriations made for the prior two fiscal years, FY '01 and FY '00, are also shown):