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Supreme Court Rules Committee sets public hearing on proposals, including ones on restorative justice and discovery

 

February 28, 2018

The Illinois Supreme Court Rules Committee will hear comments March 26 at a public hearing in Chicago on eight proposals, including proposals to create a Supreme Court Rule establishing a privilege for statements made during the course of a restorative justice practice and to amend Supreme Court Rules to eliminate the discovery/evidence deposition dichotomy.

The Committee will also consider proposed changes to Supreme Court Rules involving consumer debt collection cases, collaborative law process, and practice and procedure in Eviction Act cases.

All the proposals, which must be approved by the Illinois Supreme Court before they could take effect, will be aired at a hearing before the Rules Committee at 10:30 a.m., Monday, March 26, 2018, in Room C-500 of the Michael A. Bilandic Building, 160 N. LaSalle St. in Chicago.

The Rules Committee invites public comments on the proposals, which are posted on the Supreme Court website at: www.illinoiscourts.gov/SupremeCourt/Public Hearings/Rules/

Written comments should be submitted by Monday, March 12, 2018, to jzekich@illinoiscourts.gov  or by mail to: Committee Secretary, Supreme Court Rules Committee, 222 N. LaSalle Street, 13th Floor, Chicago, IL 60601.

Those wishing to testify in person at the hearing on any of the proposals should send an e-mail or written request to the Rules Committee Secretary, as noted above, no later than Monday, March 19, 2018.

The following are the proposals which the Rules Committee seeks comment on:

Proposal 15-03, submitted by the Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Access to Justice, would create Supreme Court Rules to standardize pleading requirements in certain types of consumer debt collection cases.

Proposal 16-05, submitted by Circuit Court of Cook County Presiding Judge Moshe Jacobius, would amend Supreme Rule 113(i) to clarify that special representatives appointed to represent deceased mortgagors in foreclosure actions are entitled to costs and attorney fees for their services.

Proposal 17-01, submitted by Aderant, would amend Supreme Court Rule 214(a) to clarify the triggering event for the 28-day period.

Proposal 17-02, submitted by the Illinois Supreme Court Committee on Professional Responsibility, would create a Supreme Court Rule to address a lawyer serving in a collaborative process.

Proposal 17-05, submitted by the Appellate Lawyers Association, would amend Supreme Rule 274 to clarify that the postjudgment motion is not due until the judgment order is both final and appealable.

Proposal 17-07, submitted by the Illinois Judicial Conference Juvenile Justice Committee, would create a Supreme Court Rule establishing a privilege for statements made during the course of a restorative justice practice.

Proposal 17-12, submitted by the Illinois Judicial Conference Civil Justice Committee, would amend Supreme Rules 201-212 to eliminate the discovery/evidence deposition dichotomy to adopt a single deposition.

Proposal 18-03, submitted by the Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Access to Justice, would create a rule requiring that a copy of the predicate written demand, termination notice, proof of service of the demand or notice and, where applicable, relevant portions of the lease be attached to the eviction complaint at the time of filing.

Justice Thomas L. Kilbride serves as Supreme Court liaison to the Rules Committee and the Hon. John C. Anderson, Twelfth Judicial Circuit, is chair of the committee.