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When Recusal Leads to DEADLOCK: A Constitutional Cure By J. Timothy Eaton and Lynn A. Ellenberger October 2009 Article, Page 510 The authors propose a constitutional amendment allowing replacement of Illinois Supreme Court justices when recusal makes rendering a decision impossible.
Faster resolution urged for custody, SLAPP suits By Helen W. Gunnarsson June 2009 LawPulse, Page 278 At a recent hearing, the supreme court rules committee was asked to speed disposition of child custody proceedings and SLAPP suits.
Rules committee hears criminal law, family law, civil practice proposals By Helen W. Gunnarsson April 2009 LawPulse, Page 168 The supreme court rules committee heard proposals to require consular notification for foreign nationals, to change child custody rules, and to require additional notice to opposing counsel.
Can Supreme Court Rule 308 Keep Your Case Alive? By Christopher T. Polillo December 2008 Article, Page 632 Depending on the facts and law, you might persuade a court to grant interlocutory review under Rule 308. Here's how it works.
A Judge’s Judge By Helen W. Gunnarsson September 2008 Article, Page 448 In Thomas Fitzgerald, the Illinois Supreme Court has a seasoned trial judge at the helm. Here’s an interview with the new chief.
How not to do e-filing By Helen W. Gunnarsson July 2008 LawPulse, Page 334 The supreme court recently announced its intention to implement statewide e-filing in the next several years. Critics say the federal northern district of Illinois, which requires filing both paper and electronic copies, offers an example of what not to do.
Retired, inactive, in-house lawyers can now represent clients pro bono By Helen W. Gunnarsson July 2008 LawPulse, Page 334 Effective July 1, new supreme court rules let retired, inactive, and in-house lawyers working through legal-aid providers or other approved groups represent clients pro bono.
A Chat with the Chief By Helen W. Gunnarsson September 2005 Article, Page 450 New Illinois Supreme Court Chief Justice Thomas shares his views on civility, mandatory CLE, and more.
The Illinois Supreme Court’s Latest Last Word on Statutory Retroactivity By Robert C. Feldmeier May 2004 Article, Page 260 For the third time in 10 years, the Illinois Supreme Court has changed the rule governing when statutes apply to events and litigation that predate their enactment.
2002 Illinois Supreme Court Criminal Cases: Searches, Statutes, and More on Apprendi By Evelyn G. Baniewicz April 2003 Article, Page 180 The court's 2002 criminal cases.
Correspondence from Our Readers November 2002 Column, Page 570 Hail to the chief
Supreme Court Review 2001: Getting to Know the New Court By Nancy T. Arnold, Tim Eaton, and Michael T. Reagan May 2002 Article, Page 236 A look at the first year's output of the newly reconstituted supreme court.
Appendix April 2001 Column, Page 209 (U) decided without dissent
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.
Illinois at Century’s End: The Old, the New, and the Changes Ahead By Tim Eaton and Nancy J. Arnold April 2000 Article, Page 202 In its '99 civil decisions, the court continued to exert authority over the way legislation is passed but defer to legislative policy choices.
The supreme court review — ’99 edition By Stephen C. Buser April 2000 Column, Page 187 The supreme court review — '99 edition
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.
1998 Illinois Supreme Court Criminal Law Survey: Tackling Guilty-Plea Appeals By James H. Reddy May 1999 Article, Page 268 The high court laid down the law last year on proper procedure in guilty-plea appeals and more.
Illinois Supreme Court Civil ’98: Back to the Nuts and Bolts By Tim Eaton and Nancy J. Arnold May 1999 Article, Page 250 Sweeping constitutional questions took a backseat to more prosaic — but still important — matters.