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The Circuit Courts Act is amended to reduce judgeships in the 19th and 22nd judicial circuits PA 094-0727

April
2006
Illinois Law Update
Page 174
Effective February 14, 2006, the Circuit Courts Act (Act), 705 ILCS 35/2 et seq, was amended to reduce the number of judgeships in the 19th and 22nd circuits. 

Must trial judges grant special favors to pro se litigants?

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
February
2006
LawPulse
Page 62
Judges often cut pro se litigants a lot of slack. 

Bench-bar ombudsmen

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
January
2006
LawPulse
Page 10
Bar association programs are helping lawyers and judges resolve minor conflicts while they're still minor.

Judges’ Pet Peeves: Peevish Practitioners, Poor Preparation and More

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
January
2006
Article
Page 20
From needless discovery squabbles and poor preparation among the bar to high-handedness on the bench, judges tell what bugs them.

The 2004 Allerton House Conference: Balancing Economy, Efficiency, and Fairness

By Jeffrey A. Parness
November
2004
Article
Page 590
This year's conference addressed court funding, litigation expenses, settlement talks, and more.

Larry the Lizard’s Near-Death Experience

By Hon. Ron Spears
November
2004
Column
Page 600
The search for justice yields a solution worthy of Solomon.

Reining in Outside Influence on Judicial Campaigns

By Ole Bly Pace
October
2004
Column
Page 506
 ISBA monitors the tone and conduct of judicial campaigns.

Applying the Frye Standard to Expert Testimony; A Guide for Lawyers and Judges

By Hon. Robert J. Steigmann
July
2004
Article
Page 363
Here's an appellate court justice's framework for analyzing Frye issues.

Motion to vacate judgment is not a new action entitling litigants to a substitution of judge as of right.

January
2004
Illinois Law Update
Page 16
On October 29, 2003, the Appellate Court of Illinois, Fifth District, affirmed the judgment of the Circuit Court of Fayette County denying the defendants' motion for substitution of judge.

Judges must warn immigrants that guilty pleas can lead to deportation

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
November
2003
LawPulse
Page 544
A new law requires judges to warn immigrant defendants that their plea bargains can lead to deportation.

Judicial Evaluations and the Spirit of Volunteerism

By Terrence J. Lavin
September
2003
Column
Page 428
In the months before I assumed the presidency of your Illinois State Bar Association.

Judge who appeared on behalf of state in defendant’s prior prosecution erred by not recusing himself from proceeding; defendant entitled to Frye hearing where scientific evidence to be introduced against him

May
2003
Illinois Law Update
Page 226
On February 21, 2003, the Appellate Court of Illinois, Third District, reversed the order of the Circuit Court of Iroquois County committing the defendant to the Department of Human Services for institutional care.

Constitutional Challenges to Municipal Administrative Adjudicatory Systems

By Angela R. Hall
March
2003
Article
Page 139
Do they succeed? It's possible but not likely, this author writes.

Illinois Judges Speak Out on Settlement Conferences

By Mark S. Mathewson
November
2002
Article
Page 604
Six judges from around the state describe their approach to pre-trial settlement conferences.

Updated qualifications for administrative law judges

October
2002
Illinois Law Update
Page 512
On July 23, 2002, the Illinois Educational Labor Relations Board (board) adopted two new provisions implementing sections 10-20 and 10-30(b) of the Illinois Administrative Procedure Act (Act).

What’s the Measure of Judicial Excellence?

By Hon. Lloyd A. Karmeier, Hon. Morton Denlow, Alfred M. Swanson Jr., Celia G. Gamrath, Hon. Edward J. Schoenbaum, and Michele M. Jochner
October
2002
Article
Page 516
What separates a merely competent judge from an excellent one? Here's a review of the qualities.

Appellate Judges and Lawyers: Building the Edifice of Law

By Tim Eaton
April
2002
Column
Page 166
When we were in law school we learned the basic principles of constitutional, criminal, contract, and tort law by studying opinions written in our state and federal reviewing courts.

Correspondence from Our Readers

March
2002
Column
Page 110
Civility begins and ends with judges.

Ethical Campaign Practices for Illinois Judicial Candidates

By Hon. Patrick E. McGann
February
2002
Article
Page 76
A review of the ethical limitations on Illinois judicial campaigns.

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.

Impeaching Jury Verdicts for Juror Misconduct and Prejudicial Influence

By Hon. Denise M. O’Malley
October
2000
Article
Page 568
A judge's perspective on how courts do—and should—respond to alleged juror misconduct and prejudice.

Former Judge’s Perspective on Voir Dire

By Randall A. Bono
September
2000
Article
Page 520
The case for allowing lawyers to conduct their own questioning of prospective jurors.

The Res Judicata Doctrine Under Illinois and Federal Law

By Barbara Andersen Gimbel
July
2000
Article
Page 404
A step-by-step review of the res judicata doctrine and its development and application under the common law.

1999 Illinois Supreme Court Criminal Review: Breathing Life into the Single-Subject Clause

By James H. Reddy
April
2000
Article
Page 218
The court decided fewer death-penalty cases than in the past and breathed life into the single-subject clause.

Chief Justice Moses W. Harrison

January
2000
Column
Page 7
Illinois Supreme Court Justice Moses W. Harrison II of Caseyville in the fifth appellate district began a three-year term as chief justice on Jan. 1.

Municipal Administrative Courts: Speedy Justice at What Cost?

By Stanley R. Kaminski
January
2000
Article
Page 46
Illinois’ new municipal administrative adjudication law raises concerns that the state has gone too far.

Applicability of the Administrative Procedure Act, Open Meetings Act, and Freedom of Information Act to the Illinois Courts Commission

May
1999
Illinois Law Update
Page 244
On March 15, 1999, the Attorney General published an opinion on whether the Illinois Courts Commission, which was established by Rule 51 (Ill S Ct Rule 51) of the Illinois Supreme Court to receive and hear complaints related to the removal of a judge from office.

Judges, the Gift Ban Act, and the Constitution

By Timothy L. Bertschy
February
1999
Column
Page 68
One of the more celebrated accomplishments of the Illinois General Assembly in 1998 was passage of ethics legislation imposing limits on gifts and contributions to state office holders and candidates for those offices.

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