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Bar Examination During this Unprecedented Time of COVID

February 22, 2021

The Illinois Supreme Court is charged with the duty to license attorneys and assure public protection from attorneys that are not minimally competent to practice. The bar exam is a critical step in determining minimum competence and has been for decades.

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New Statewide Resource for Clearing Cannabis Convictions

February 22, 2021

New Leaf Illinois, a program through the Illinois Equal Justice Foundation, is a network of 20 organizations ready to provide free legal and advisory services to help people wipe clean their complete cannabis convictions.

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Attorney Discipline and Criminal Conduct: A Supreme Court Rule 761 Primer

February 22, 2021

Illinois Supreme Court Rule 761 and well-settled caselaw set out a number of principles relating to the disciplinary treatment of criminal conduct that every Illinois lawyer facing criminal charges, and the attorneys who represent them, need to know.

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Illinois Supreme Court Issues Order for Remote Criminal Case Proceedings

February 22, 2021

The Illinois Supreme Court has issued an order in remote criminal case proceedings. The order sets forth which criminal case proceedings can be held remotely in light of the ongoing COVID- 19 pandemic.

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Illinois Court History: Feminine Hygiene Products Tax

February 22, 2021

In January 2021, the United Kingdom became the latest country to eliminate taxes on feminine hygiene products. Illinois has had a long history on this issue, dating from the 1970s through an Illinois Supreme Court case in the 1980s, changes in regulations, and culminating in a new law in 2016 that made Illinois the third state to eliminate the so-called “tampon tax.”

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Illinois Judges Receive Recognition and Awards

February 22, 2021

Illinois judges are increasingly being recognized for their dedicated work in courtrooms throughout the state. Here are some of the recent honors received by Illinois judges:

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Updated Fee and Assessment Waiver Information

February 22, 2021

Illinois judges are increasingly being recognized for their dedicated work in courtrooms throughout the state. Here are some of the recent honors received by Illinois judges:

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Supreme Court Boards, Commissions and Committees Step Up in Time of Need

January 27, 2021

The past year has been challenging, to say the least, for all of us. In response to the many difficulties wrought by the pandemic, the Illinois courts have adapted and overcome these challenges. The members of the Supreme Court Boards, Commissions and Committees have contributed greatly to this effort and should be applauded for their willingness to answer the call for justice on top of their day-to-day responsibilities

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Justice James D. Heiple 1933 – 2021

January 27, 2021

Justice James D. Heiple, the author of the controversial 1994 "Baby Richard" adoption case ruling, passed away on January 18 at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria from complications following a brain hemorrhage. He was 87.

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Colpoys Hired to Run New Illinois Court Help Program

January 27, 2021

The Illinois Supreme Court and Administrative Office of the Illinois Courts (AOIC) today announced the hiring of Lisa Colpoys as the Supervising Senior Program Manager for Illinois Court Help. Illinois Court Help is a new program within the AOIC's Access to Justice Division.

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Letter to the Editor on New Pretrial Reforms

January 27, 2021

Comprehensive, sustainable reform takes courage, patience, diligence and faith. Building upon the Bail Reform Act of 2017, the General Assembly recently passed additional reforms of the State's pretrial detention system. Importantly, the legislation includes a delayed effective date on many of its key provisions. This additional time will be critical to establish an effective statewide pretrial system to support these changes and ensure that individuals who pose a threat to public safety are detained pretrial.

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New Supreme Court Rule Authorizing Text Message Notification Programs

January 27, 2021

Text messages are one of the most effective, accessible, and inexpensive modes of communication, particularly during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. New Illinois Supreme Court Rule 14 allows courts to leverage this simple but meaningful technology by permitting any court or clerk to implement a text message notification program with chief circuit judge approval.

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Illinois Supreme Court Hosts Remote Bar Admission Ceremony for 1,590 New Admittees

January 27, 2021

The Illinois Supreme Court hosted a virtual bar admission ceremony for 1,590 new attorneys on Thursday, January 14. Justice Rita B. Garman presided from Springfield. Supreme Court Clerk Carolyn Taft Grosboll made the motion for admission of the candidates and Court Research Director John Robinson seconded the motion. All of the candidates sworn in passed the Illinois State Bar Examination and a required ethics examination and were certified by the Supreme Court Committee on Character and Fitness.

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Illinois Supreme Court History: Judge Wendell E. Green

January 27, 2021

Nearly everyone in the judiciary is aware that Justice Charles E. Freeman was the first African American to be elected to the Illinois Supreme Court in 1990. Many people know that George N. Leighton was the first African American to join the Illinois Appellate Court. Who was the first African American judge at the circuit level? The answer is Judge Wendell E. Green, whose judicial career lasted nearly twenty years, and he presided in one of the most high profile cases involving a police officer killing a Hispanic youth in Cook County.

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