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Articles on Supreme Court

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.

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