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How many pages long are supreme court opinions? By Kirk C. Jenkins May 2016 Column, Page 48 How many pages long are supreme court opinions?
How long does it take the Illinois Supreme Court to issue a decision after oral argument? By Kirk C. Jenkins December 2015 Column, Page 54 How Long Does It Take the Illinois Supreme Court to Issue a Decision After Oral Argument?
Groundbreaking Supreme Court opinion dooms panhandling law By Matthew Hector October 2015 LawPulse, Page 12 After the U.S. Supreme Court's expansion of the First Amendment, the seventh circuit invalidates Springfield's panhandling prohibition.
What percentage of the supreme court’s civil cases have dissenters? By Kirk C. Jenkins October 2015 Column, Page 54 Many have argued that an appellate court's dissent rate does not necessarily reflect how often the judges agree on the substantive issues. Judges might decline to dissent even when they disagree with the court's decision for a variety of reasons.
Does an unpublished decision or dissent help you get to the Illinois Supreme Court? By Kirk C. Jenkins September 2015 Column, Page 54 Given that Rule 23 orders should in theory break no new legal ground and are not citable in the trial courts as precedent, one would expect them to be rare on the supreme court's civil docket.
From which counties do the supreme court’s civil cases come? By Kirk C. Jenkins August 2015 Column, Page 57 From which counties do the supreme court's civil cases come?
What kind of civil cases does the supreme court decide? By Kirk C. Jenkins July 2015 Column, Page 58 What kinds of civil cases does the supreme court decide?
America Mourns a President, Illinois Lawyers Mourn a Colleague April 2015 Column, Page 46 The Illinois Supreme Court's post-assassination memorial service focused on Lawyer Lincoln.
Work on Illinois standardized court forms continues By Matthew Hector January 2015 LawPulse, Page 10 The supreme court's Access to Justice Commission is creating standardized court forms aimed primarily at pro se litigants. Here's an update on the Standardized Forms Committee's progress.
The incredible, unciteable Rule 23 order By Matthew Hector October 2014 LawPulse, Page 466 Lawyers can cite magazine articles like the one you're reading in their pleadings and briefs - why can't they cite Rule 23 orders?
‘Aim for the Top’ By Ed Finkel November 2013 Article, Page 564 After a four-decade ascent through all levels of the Illinois court system, Rita Garman becomes Illinois's second female chief justice.
Illinois Supreme Court allows interlocutory appeals of suppression orders in juvenile cases By Adam W. Lasker September 2013 LawPulse, Page 446 The supreme court rule change allowing interlocutory appeals remedies "a systemic problem for both prosecutors and defendants for decades," a commentator says.
Supreme court, advocates push legislation to expand access to justice, fund e-filing By Adam W. Lasker July 2013 LawPulse, Page 330 Among other things, the legislation would help defray the costs of statewide e-filing and expand the pool of individuals who qualify for legal aid.
Home rule rules, says the Illinois Supreme Court By Adam W. Lasker June 2013 LawPulse, Page 278 Ordinances enacted by home rule municipalities trump state statutes unless the state expressly exercises exclusive control, the supreme court rules in a condo case.
Lawlor: A Roadmap for Limiting Punitive Damages By Eric J. Muñoz June 2013 Article, Page 298 A recent Illinois decision makes it easier for businesses only vicariously liable to limit punitive damages awards.
No double jeopardy though jurors were sworn, high court rules By Adam W. Lasker June 2013 LawPulse, Page 278 The Illinois Supreme Court ruled in Martinez that, even though the jury was already empanelled, the defendant was not in jeopardy because the state stood silently by and presented no evidence.
Illinois high court affirms criminal contempt convictions of E2 nightclub owners By Adam W. Lasker May 2013 LawPulse, Page 222 The Illinois Supreme Court reversed a ruling that vacated criminal contempt convictions against the owners of a Chicago nightclub where 21 people were killed in a stampede.
Interpreting federal statutes in state court: the high court speaks By Adam W. Lasker April 2013 LawPulse, Page 170 What happens when state and federal courts disagree about how to interpret a federal statute? The Illinois Supreme Court tackled this difficult question in a recent ruling.
Suit barred for plaintiffs who ‘came to the nuisance’ of fly-infested cattle farm By Adam W. Lasker April 2013 LawPulse, Page 170 The Illinois Supreme Court held that the Farm Nuisance Suit Act barred recovery for plaintiffs who acquired a house across the road from a fly-infested cattle farm.
Illinois Supreme Court Rule Changes: The Year So Far By Michele M. Jochner October 2011 Article, Page 520 From new IOLTA rules to a new official citation system, a range of important supreme court rule changes took effect from January through September of 2011.
Briefer Briefs: Writing and Speaking Tips from the Supreme Court By Tom Gaylord July 2011 Column, Page 368 Interviews with Supreme Court justices about effective advocacy are themselves good models.
Vendor-neutral citation comes to Illinois By Helen W. Gunnarsson July 2011 LawPulse, Page 330 Beginning July 1, the official version of Illinois opinions will be published publicly on the court's website, not privately in bound volumes.
Class action suit for airline baggage fees moot for lack of pending class certification June 2011 Illinois Law Update, Page 286 The Illinois Supreme Court on March 24, 2011, held that a class action suit involving airline baggage fees was moot because "no motion for class certification was pending" when the airline tendered full relief to the passenger. *5.
The Power of Pre-Suit Discovery: Supreme Court Rule 224 By Timothy J. Harris March 2011 Article, Page 136 Pre-suit discovery under SCR 224 is a powerful and underused way to identify potential parties, investigate an incident, protect evidence, and avoid secondary spoliation claims.
“He Remembers His Roots” By Helen W. Gunnarsson February 2011 Article, Page 76 A former legal aid lawyer and sole practitioner from rural beginnings settles into the role of Illinois' chief justice.
Berry and discovery depositions: hard cases make new rules By Helen W. Gunnarsson January 2011 LawPulse, Page 10 The Illinois Supreme Court amends Rule 212 by expanding the permissible uses of discovery depositions to cases where the deponent is a party and has died before trial.
Putting the “hearing” in public hearings By Helen W. Gunnarsson December 2010 LawPulse, Page 610 A lawyer's testimony in the supreme court committee hearing on the new evidence rules produces results.
Committee charged with helping improve Illinois’ mental health courts By Helen W. Gunnarsson July 2010 LawPulse, Page 342 The supreme court has asked the committee to make recommendations for better information sharing, training for judges, and other improvements.
A chiropractor is a “physician” under Illinois Supreme Court Rule 204(c) May 2010 Illinois Law Update, Page 236 On February 25, 2010, the Appellate Court of Illinois, First District, affirmed in part and vacated in part the decision of the Circuit Court of Cook County, which ruled that an hourly fee of $66.95 for a deposition was reasonable for a chiropractor and entered a contempt order against the chiropractor for refusing to comply with the court's discovery order.
The Discovery Deposition and Disfavored Evidence By Joanne Hannaway Sweeney and Benjamin J. Wimmer November 2009 Article, Page 576 A recent amendment to the Illinois Supreme Court Rules obscures the purpose of the discovery deposition and the range of its uses