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Illinois Supreme Court Issues Substantial Rule Changes Regarding State’s Bail and Bond System

The Illinois Supreme Court issued substantial rule changes on March 8 to implement the state’s recently overhauled cash bail and bond system.

The new and amended rules go into effect July 1. They include amended Rules 501, 503, 526, 527, 528, 529, 551, 553, 554, 555, and 556. Rule 530 is renumbered as Rule 532, and new Rules 530 and 531 are adopted.

The changes were made to correlate with the Criminal and Traffic Assessment Act, which was passed in 2018 and is designed to streamline the state's systems of fees and costs in civil, criminal, and traffic court, according to Winnebago County Chief Judge Eugene Doherty, who is chair of the supreme court's Article V Committee.

"That act eliminated a number of fees and effectively took back from the court the role of making some fees explicit through the Article V section of the Illinois Supreme Court rules," he said. "The changes to the fee structure are dramatic." 

The new changes will be further explored in the May issue of the Illinois Bar Journal.

Posted on March 11, 2019 by Rhys Saunders
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Member Comments (1)

I believe that it would be more correct to say that these changes were to align the rules with the Criminal and Traffic Assessment Act as opposed to bail reform legislation.

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