illinois courts

Operational Updates from Illinois’ Federal and State Courts

Over the last week, there has been a flurry of announcements from Illinois’ federal and state courts on the reestablishment of courthouse operations during the COVID-19 pandemic. As jurisdictional guidelines continue to evolve, it’s important for lawyers to stay abreast…
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AOIC

Ensuring Language Access in Illinois’ Courts

Ensuring equal access to the courts for individuals with language limitations is a top priority in Illinois, where there is a growing number of people with limited English proficiency. As part of its charge to support access to justice in…
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illinois supreme court

Illinois Supreme Court Issues Reopening Guidelines

On May 20, the Illinois Supreme Court issued guidelines for resuming judicial branch operations amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Effective June 1, the state’s circuit courts may conduct in-person or remote hearings according to a schedule developed by the chief circuit…
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Courts, Children and Families Division

AOIC Launches New Courts, Children and Families Division

The Administrative Office of the Illinois Courts (AOIC) has launched a new Courts, Children and Families Division. The Division, which succeeds the Courts, Children and Families Unit (CCFU), became effective on May 1, 2020. Former CCFU Court Services Manager Heather…
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federal judges

Should Federal Judges Join the Federalist Society, ACS, or ABA?

A recent opinion drafted by the Judicial Conference of the United States’ Committee on Codes of Conduct advised federal judges against formal affiliation with the Federalist Society and the American Constitution Society (ACS). This refines past guidance permitting membership. Additionally,…
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