Thursday, July 9, 2015

Illinois Supreme Court to Conduct Public Hearing on Proposed Rule Changes

By Stacey Mandell
Law Clerk to Hon. Susan F. Hutchinson, Illinois Appellate Court, Second District

On Wednesday, July 22, 2015, the Illinois Supreme Court will conduct a hearing in Chicago regarding changes to its Rules. This hearing, which is open to the public, will take place at 10 a.m. in Room C-500 of the Michael A. Bilandic Building at 160 N. LaSalle Street. The proposed amendments must be approved by the Illinois Supreme Court before they can take effect. Those rules pertaining to appellate practice include the following:

The proposed amendment to Rule 308 seeks to extend the time for filing an application for leave to appeal from 14 days to 30 days after the entry of the certified question in the trial court.

The proposed amendment to Rule 324 seeks to require the clerk of the circuit court to accept for inclusion in the record any pleading that carries an original filing stamp of the clerk and that notice of filing be given to all parties of record.

The proposed amendment to Rule 335 seeks to provide that a petition for review be filed in the appellate court within 30 days from the date that a copy of the order or decision sought to be reviewed was served upon the party affected by any order or decision of an administrative agency.

The proposed amendment to Rule 341 seeks to limit appellant and appellee briefs to no more than 14,000 words, instead of the current 50-page limit. Briefs from cross-appellants and cross-appellees would be similarly changed from a page limit to a word count.

The proposed amendment to Rule 345 seeks to prohibit briefs of amicus curiae submitted in support of petitions for leave to appeal to the Illinois Supreme Court.

For more information, please see the official notice of the hearing or visit the Supreme Court's website.

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