2004 Annual Report to the 94th Illinois General Assembly
The annual meeting of the Illinois Judicial Conference was held October 21, 2004, in Chicago. The Conference, which is authorized by Article 6, section 17 of the Illinois Constitution, is charged to consider the work of the courts and to suggest improvements in the administration of justice.
Closing a criminal hearing
In People v. LaGrone, the Fourth District Appellate Court reviewed the trial’s court’s decision to close the hearings on motions in limine and to suppress evidence in a case wherein Amanda Hamm and her boyfriend, Maurice LaGrone are charged with the drowning murder of Amanda’s children.
Dealing with pro se litigants
“Well, Judge, I guess I did not answer the discovery/bring my witnesses/prepare the case for today’s trial.
How many plaintiffs make a party?
In most lawsuits, the plaintiff and defendant are each entitled to one motion for substitution of judge as a matter of right. But how does that apply in a multiple-plaintiff civil case?
How void is void?
The Appellate Court recently held that in multiple-plaintiff cases, each plaintiff enjoys one substitution-of-judge motion as a matter of right, but those plaintiffs that choose not to join in the substitution-of-judge motion later lack standing to object to that motion’s disposition.
Illinois Judicial Circuit Rules Directory
Technology has changed reliance on yellow legal pads as cell phones and personal digital assistant ("PDAs") assume a greater use among lawyers for noting dockets and phone numbers.
Judges need hugs too: Insights into judicial stress
Judges have it easy. We arrive late, take two-hour lunch breaks, leave early and, when it suits our fancy, take time to don our black robes and reign, arbitrarily and capriciously, in courtrooms where our word is law, at least until it is reviewed by a higher court.
Are you familiar with these Latin legal terms?
Letter to the editor
A letter from a reader regarding the impacts of the Arthur v. Catour decision.
Mediation skills for advocates
The ISBA Bench-Bar, Alternative Dispute Resolution, and Administrative Law Section Councils are co-sponsoring the “Mediation Skills for Advocates” CLE program in Springfield on Friday, November 18, 2005 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 PM.
Not a happy Halloween for the City of Peoria
R & A Productions Inc. v. City of Peoria, Illinois, Case No. 03-1057 filed October 31, 2005 On Halloween this year Judge John A. Gorman, United States Magistrate Judge for the Central District of Illinois, sitting in Peoria, ruled in favor of Mulligan’s, a Peoria bar, on a summary judgment motion regarding whether Mulligan’s could hold “wet T-shirt” competitions despite Ordinance 3-14, which prohibited such entertainment in non-licensed venues.
“Post-conviction” relief for ineffective assistance in sexually dangerous cases
In People v. Lawton, the Illinois Supreme Court has decided a case that directly affects the rights of persons found to be sexually dangerous under the Sexually Dangerous Persons Act, and which indirectly affects the rights of persons found to be sexually violent under the similar Sexually Violent Persons Commitment Act.
Requests to admit
Your opponent serves requests to admit to set you up for disaster.