Illinois Supreme Court Public Hearing on Rule 138

Supreme Court Rule 138 HearingThe Illinois Supreme Court is holding a public hearing on a proposed amendment to a Supreme Court Rule 138,  a rule dealing with personal identity information in civil case filings.

Originally adopted by the Court in October 2012, IL Supreme Court Rule 138 was designed to protect against identity theft and the disclosure of sensitive information through electronic filing. Rule 138 prohibits the use of personal identity information such as whole social security numbers,
taxpayer-identification numbers, driver’s license numbers, financial account numbers, and debit/credit card numbers in documents and exhibits filed with the court in civil cases.

According to the Court’s press release, this wasn’t enough. The proposed amendment calls for more. It wants to include the removal of birth dates and names of individuals known to be minors in documents or exhibits filed in civil cases. The amendment to Rule 138 also would eliminate birth dates and minor’s initials on redacted filings as permissible personal identity information available for the public record.

The hearing will consider comments on a proposed rule change involving motions in a reviewing court, appeals from final circuit court judgments in civil cases, and general rules governing appeals from the Appellate Court to the Supreme Court.

The hearing is set for October 10, 2014 at 10:00 a.m in Chicago. Copies of all proposals are available here. If you would like to testify in person on any of the proposals, you must send an email or written request to the Rules Committee secretary by Friday, October 3, 2014. If you would not like to testify in person, you can submit public comments by email to or mail. Written comments should be submitted by Friday, September 26, 2014. The address for the Committee Secretary is:

Committee Secretary

Supreme Court Rules Committee

c/o Administrative Office of the Illinois Courts

222 N. LaSalle Street, 13th Floor

Chicago, IL 60601

Email Rules Committee Secretary


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