A newly signed law that’ll more than double what Illinois jurors are paid while reducing the size of civil case juries is earning mixed reviews from criminal justice experts.
Gov. Pat Quinn signed the measure Friday that backers say could lead to more diverse juries and offset anticipated costs by cutting back jurors in all civil cases from 12 to 6. But some counties are concerned about picking up the tab and researchers and advocacy groups believe smaller juries mean less impartial verdicts.
To the measure’s sponsor – who was lobbied by the former Illinois Trial Lawyers Association president – raising juror stipends is a simple equation.
Categories: Local Issues, State Issues
Tags: Courts, General Assembly, Courthouse
If you live in the Will County part of Naperville and have been called for jury duty, you know the hassle that going to the Will County Courthouse can be at any time.
Long before the doors open at 8:30 a.m., people are lined up outside the Will County Courthouse in downtown Joliet. It takes awhile to get inside the building, through an outdated security system, and up one of four elevators to their destination.
The courthouse is a bustling building where thousands come to pay a traffic ticket, look up court cases, have a case tried by a judge or jury, seek an order of protection, get divorced or serve as a juror. Dealing with crowds and waiting in line is part of their visit here — but there are more issues for those who work here every day.
Categories: Local Issues
Tags: Will County, Courts, Judges, Courthouse
Thursday, June 26th
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Tags: Courts, 2014 Election, Judge Candidate, Sherri Hale
If all goes as planned, state Sen. Pat McGuire, D-Joliet, hopes to have legislation creating a court fee for a future Will County Courthouse headed to the governor’s desk by next week.
House Bill 5889, which would give the Will County Board authority to impose court fees to help pay for construction of a new courthouse, passed out of the Illinois House on Thursday by a 72-42 vote and was approved hours later by a Senate Judiciary Committee.
Tags: Pat McGuire, Courts, Larry Walsh Jr.
Thursday, July 10th
5:00 pm until 7:00 pm
1630 Essington Rd, Joliet, IL 60435
Tags: Courts, 2014 Election, Courthouse, Judge Candidate, Dan Kennedy