IL Court Affiliates

It is your integrity that will make people take notice.

Many other organizations created by the Illinois Supreme Court work with attorneys or the legal system in ways that relate to and complement our work. We appreciate the opportunities these collaborative relationships provide us to strengthen professionalism. For general information about the court (trial, appellate and supreme) as well as the administrative office of the Illinois courts, please go to Illinois Courts.

IL Attorney Registration & Disciplinary Commission (ARDC) registers attorneys and prosecutes those who violate the Rules of Professional Conduct. After a case is considered by the Hearing and Review Boards, recommendations for discipline are either modified or imposed by the Court. The ARDC also presents educational programs and conducts an ethics hotline to answer questions about how to handle situations and whether behavior violates the Rules.

Illinois Board of Admissions to the Bar oversees the process of admitting law school graduates to the practice of law.  The admissions process includes a recommendation by the Illinois Supreme Court Committee on Character and Fitness that the applicant possess the requisite moral character and fitness to practice law.

Judicial Inquiry Board (JIB) investigates complaints concerning active Illinois state court judges and, if merited, files a public complaint against a judge with the Courts Commission. The Courts Commission then conducts hearings and, if merited, enacts disciplinary measures.

Lawyer Assistance Program (LAP) helps Illinois lawyers, judges, law students, and their families with alcohol abuse, drug dependency, or mental health problems. LAP also conducts educational programming and interventions.

MCLE Board administers the minimum continuing legal education requirements for Illinois attorneys. The MCLE Rules were established to ensure attorneys remain current regarding the knowledge and skills to fulfill their professional responsibilities and to improve the overall standards of the profession.

Lawyers Trust Fund (LTF) supports civil legal aid to the poor. LTF makes grants from revenue generated by interest on Lawyers’ Trust Accounts (IOLTA) program as well as a legal aid fee assessed on Illinois lawyers as part of the annual attorney registration process.

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