Publications

Articles on Juvenile Justice

Time frame of initial service plans extended and health added as an ongoing assessment factor

August
2002
Illinois Law Update
Page 402
On May 24, 2002, the Department of Children and Family Services (department) amended several provisions in section 89 of the Illinois Administrative Code. 89 Ill Adm Code 315.

Sex Offender Registration Act does not require juvenile offenders to register

March
2002
Illinois Law Update
Page 120
On December 21, 2001, the Appellate Court of Illinois, Second District, reversed the trial court's decision requiring a juvenile to register as a sex offender.

Trial court has the authority under the Juvenile Court Act to order state’s attorney to prosecute a petition to terminate parental rights

September
2001
Illinois Law Update
Page 454
On June 21, 2001, the Illinois Supreme Court affirmed the lower court's holding that the trial court had the authority under the Juvenile Court Act to order the state's attorney to prosecute a petition to terminate parental rights, after establishing permanency goal.

Parents to be notified if minor receives traffic ticket ; S.B. 627

August
2001
Illinois Law Update
Page 398
Senate Bill 627 would create a traffic ticket parent notification pilot program in DuPage, Kendall and Sangamon Counties beginning on January 1, 2002, and ending on December 31, 2003.

Secretary of state may deny driver’s license to minors charged in connection with serious auto accidents; H.B. 2161

August
2001
Illinois Law Update
Page 398
Under House Bill 2161, a person under the age of 18 charged with a violation of the Illinois Vehicle Code or Criminal Code of 1961 arising out of a serious auto accident may be denied a driver's license.

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.

Orders related to the temporary custody of a minor require only a “best interests” determination, distinct from the standard required at a temporary custody hearing

June
2001
Illinois Law Update
Page 286
On April 19, 2001, the Illinois Supreme Court reversed the appellate court's holding that the juvenile court lacked authority to remove a minor from his temporary foster home since there was no immediate necessity for the removal.

Legal limit on tobacco age may rise; H.B. 1034

May
2001
Illinois Law Update
Page 230
Some Illinois teens may soon find it more difficult to purchase cigarettes and other tobacco products. House Bill 1034 would raise the current minimum age to purchase such products from 18 to 19.

Legislation mandates legal representation for pre-teens suspected of murder or sex crimes — P.A. 91-915

January
2001
Illinois Law Update
Page 14
Gov. George H. Ryan approved legislation that ensures legal representation for young minors suspected of murder or sex offenses.

When determining the fitness of a parent, the court can only consider evidence of actions occurring within 12 months from the date in which the court finds the abused, or a dependent

May
2000
Illinois Law Update
Page 252
On March 23, 2000, the Illinois Supreme Court affirmed the appellate court's finding that D.L.'s mother was unfit pursuant to section 2-29 of the Juvenile Court Act of 1987 (705 ILCS 405/2-29).

Juvenile offender information now available to victims in some circumstances; P.A. 91-479

April
2000
Illinois Law Update
Page 196
Under 705 ILCS 405/5-905, law enforcement officials ordinarily may not disclose the identity of any juvenile when releasing information to the public about arrests or investigations involving minors.

Tattoos for public servicework?; P.A. 91-98

April
2000
Illinois Law Update
Page 196
Under two new laws that amend the Juvenile Court Act of 1987, some juveniles may soon be trading in their tattoos for additional community service hours.

The Lawyer’s Journal

By Bonnie McGrath
October
1999
Column
Page 514
Insurance policies and the discovery rule; read the fine print.

Providing certain minors with access to firearms is a misdemeanor; PA 91-18

August
1999
Illinois Law Update
Page 406
PA 91-18 will penalize a person who knowingly leaves a firearm where a minor under 14 years of age can access it if the minor later causes death or serious bodily harm with it.

School shooters excluded from juvenile court jurisdiction ; P.A. 91-15

August
1999
Illinois Law Update
Page 406
The Juvenile Court Act, 705 ILCS 405/1 et seq, attempts to best serve the safety and ``welfare of [an accused minor] and the best interests of the community'' by shielding the minor from the full force and application of the Illinois Criminal Code.

An Overview of the Juvenile Justice Reform Provisions of 1998

By Michele M. Jochner
March
1999
Article
Page 152
A review of important changes wrought by this sweeping new law.

Juvenile Justice Act Rewrite; PA 90-590

January
1999
Illinois Law Update
Page 13
According to Senator Hawkinson, the re-write of the Juvenile Justice Reform Act incorporates mostly technical changes to meet the sponsors' intent to create a system that protects the community, holds juvenile delinquents accountable for their crimes, and lets juvenile offenders live responsibly and productively.

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