What percentage of the supreme court’s civil cases have dissenters?By Kirk C. JenkinsOctober 2015Column, Page 54Many 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.
Work on Illinois standardized court forms continuesBy Matthew HectorJanuary 2015LawPulse, Page 10The 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 orderBy Matthew HectorOctober 2014LawPulse, Page 466Lawyers 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 FinkelNovember 2013Article, Page 564After a four-decade ascent through all levels of the Illinois court system, Rita Garman becomes Illinois's second female chief justice.
Home rule rules, says the Illinois Supreme CourtBy Adam W. LaskerJune 2013LawPulse, Page 278Ordinances enacted by home rule municipalities trump state statutes unless the state expressly exercises exclusive control, the supreme court rules in a condo case.
Vendor-neutral citation comes to IllinoisBy Helen W. GunnarssonJuly 2011LawPulse, Page 330Beginning July 1, the official version of Illinois opinions will be published publicly on the court's website, not privately in bound volumes.
The Power of Pre-Suit Discovery: Supreme Court Rule 224By Timothy J. HarrisMarch 2011Article, Page 136Pre-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. GunnarssonFebruary 2011Article, Page 76A former legal aid lawyer and sole practitioner from rural beginnings settles into the role of Illinois' chief justice.
A chiropractor is a “physician” under Illinois Supreme Court Rule 204(c)May 2010Illinois Law Update, Page 236On 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 EvidenceBy Joanne Hannaway Sweeney and Benjamin J. WimmerNovember 2009Article, Page 576A recent amendment to the Illinois Supreme Court Rules obscures the purpose of the discovery deposition and the range of its uses