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Illinois Supreme Court Rule Amendments Issued on September 17, 2019

The Illinois Supreme Court on September 17 amended Rules 610, 613, 901, and 1101. All changes are effective immediately. 

Amended Rule 610 alters the requirements for information to be included in motions for extension of time in criminal cases.

Rule 613 amendments make clear that "[e]xcept for a hearsay statement otherwise admissible under evidence rules, a prior statement that is consistent with the declarant-witness's testimony is admissible, for rehabilitation purposes only and not substantively as a hearsay exception or exclusion, when the declarant testifies at the trial or hearing and is available to the opposing party for examination concerning the statement, and the statement is offered to rebut an express or implied charge that: (i) the witness acted from an improper influence or motive to testify falsely, if that influence or motive did not exist when the statement was made; or (ii) the witness's testimony was recently fabricated, if the statement was made before the alleged fabrication occurred."

An amendment to Rule 901 makes clear that electronic communications are covered by the Rule.  

Amendments to Rule 1101 clean up the Rule to account for the fact that conditional discharge and supervision are dispositions already covered by the word "sentencing" in the Rule. 

Posted on September 17, 2019 by Rhys Saunders
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