On Friday, December 19, Governor Pat Quinn signed SB 3075 into law. The law amends the Code and the Code of Civil Procedure regarding jury service in Illinois. Specifically, the bill does the following: Cuts the number of jurors in civil cases from 12 to 6. The amendment also requires the parties to pay for alternate jurors. Increases the minimum payment for jury service to $25 for the first day and $50 for subsequent days. Mirrors federal law and that of many states by reducing the size of civil juries from 12 to 6 in Illinois. The requirement of unanimous decision is unchanged. SB 3075 was sponsored in the Senate by Senator John Mulroe. Representative Kelly Burke sponsored the bill in the House. The effective date for both bills is June 1, 2015. If you or a loved one have been injured, call Donald A. Shapiro, Ltd. to discuss your right to a civil jury trial.
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Video cameras and audio recording devices will be allowed in some Cook County courtrooms beginning January, 2015 month, Cook County Circuit Court Chief Judge Timothy C. Evans announced this week. Cook County joins about 40 other Illinois Counties which allow … Continue reading
A proposal to trim the number of jurors from twelve to six in civil trials in Illinois circuit courts passed the Illinois House of Representatives on December 2, 2014. Senate Bill 3075 would cut by half the size of civil juries while boosting juror pay to $25 for the first day of service and $50 per day thereafter. The measure now moves to the Illinois Senate for debate. If the bill passes the Senate, it would move on to Governor Quinn for consideration. Supporters of the bill point out that the federal courts and a majority of state courts already use civil juries of this size. Additionally, advocates of the measure state that reducing the number of jurors in civil cases would mean less citizens being called for jury duty, thereby disrupting fewer families and businesses. The change would also shorten the voir dire process in trials, during which attorneys and the court question jurors to ensure those selected for jury service can be fair and impartial. Should you have questions about your right to a civil jury trial, call one of the injury lawyers at Donald A. Shapiro, Ltd. today for a free consultation.
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In Miami, a teenage girl shared confidential information about her father’s settlement in an age discrimination lawsuit and cost her father $80,000. Her father’s $80,000 settlement was subject to a confidentiality clause. His daughter boasted about it on Facebook and … Continue reading