The U.S. and Illinois constitutions guarantee the accused the right to a speedy trial. A defendant not tried within the appropriate period is entitled to release from custody and dismissal of the charges. But can the right to a speedy trial be extended by the judiciary as an exercise in public health and welfare? The question is pursued by attorney Donald J. Ramsell in his December 2020 Illinois Bar Journal article, “Bad Timing.”
The Illinois Supreme Court today announced the approval of Order M.R.18368, which provides a timeline for the expansion of the Remote Access Policy (RAP) for Illinois licensed attorneys and legal services providers in User Group 5.
At its Dec. 11, 2020, meeting, the ISBA Assembly formally ratified comments submitted on behalf of the Association regarding recommendations contained in the Final Report of the CBA/CBF Task Force on the Sustainable Practice of Law and Innovation.
The Illinois Supreme Court issued one opinion on December 17. In Barrall v. The Board of Trustees of John A. Logan Community College, the court interpreted a provision in the Public Community College Act governing the “bumping rights” of laid-off tenured faculty members.
The ISBA Assembly elected four “At Large” delegates to the ABA House of Delegates during their meeting held Dec. 11 during the virtual ISBA Joint Midyear Meeting.
The two delegates from Cook County are Emily Masalski and Joseph Bisceglia. The two delegates from outside Cook County are John Thies and Juan Thomas.
Longtime ISBA member John Phipps was posthumously awarded the ISBA's Medial of Merit—the ISBA's highest honor—during the Assembly meeting on Dec. 11.
The award is reserved for attorneys whose accomplishments are truly exemplary. The medal is awarded to ISBA members who have made a significant contribution to the altruistic goals of the profession or the public.
The Illinois Supreme Court today issued new Rule 44, which addresses cameras in the courtroom and is effective immediately. The Court also amended Rule 63 to delete its language about cameras in the courtroom.