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  • November 13, 2020 9:00 AM | Anonymous

    From: U.S. District Court - Northern District of Illinois

    Chief Judge Pallmeyer entered the Eighth Amended GAO on 11/13, suspending in-person proceedings (including all civil and criminal jury trials) until further order. No motions may be noticed for in-person presentment; the presiding judge will notify parties of the need, if any, for a hearing by electronic means or in-court proceeding. The local rules requiring delivery of paper courtesy copies and that all motions be noticed for presentment, have been suspended.

  • November 02, 2020 3:00 PM | Anonymous member

    From: TimeOut Chicago

    November 3 is a state holiday in Illinois, meaning that all government offices (except election officials, K-12 schools and some post-secondary schools) will get the day off. It's possible that some businesses throughout the state will follow suit, but anyone who has worked on Casimir Pulaski Day or Lincoln's birthday knows that state holidays don't always translate to time off.

  • October 28, 2020 8:00 AM | Anonymous

    From: eDiscovery Today

    As reported in a 2019 Adobe Survey, by 2019, 92% of the connected population used emoji in personal communication with 61% utilizing emoji at work.  From a discovery standpoint, that means that you’re more likely to encounter emoji in business communications than ever.  How likely?  Well, as Eric Goldman, Professor of Law at Santa Clara University School of Law and recognized expert (yes, there’s a guy who tracks that stuff!) notes in his 2019 Emoji Law Year-in-Review: he “found 101 cases in 2019 that referenced “emoji” or “emoticon.” This nearly doubles the number of 53 from 2018, indicating that the relevance of emoji in the law is growing exponentially.

  • October 24, 2020 9:00 PM | Anonymous

    From: Chicago Sun-Times

    Cook County Circuit Court Clerk Dorothy Brown has been barred from further implementing her office’s new case management system after she apparently rejected concerns from the Office of the Chief Judge over its continued rollout.

    Chief Judge Tim Evans on Thursday issued an order telling Brown not to add new civil and traffic division portals to the case management system without prior approval — or face contempt of court.

    The order suggests a battle could be brewing between Evans and Brown just a few months before the beleaguered Brown will leave office.

    Brown told the chief judge’s office earlier Thursday that she planned to move forward despite the office’s concerns that expanding the system would be “significantly detrimental to the administrative, operational needs of the court” and would cause “irreparable harm to the court’s ability to administer justice,” according to the filing.

  • October 22, 2020 6:20 PM | Anonymous

    Cook County's circuit court clerk is stepping down after two decades, opening the door for new leadership that Illinois attorneys are hopeful will turn around an outdated, inefficient court system in one of the country's largest cities.

    Read more at: https://www.law360.com/illinois/articles/1321031/chicago-attys-hope-new-clerk-will-modernize-cook-county?copied=1

  • October 22, 2020 11:33 AM | Anonymous

    As you may know, we are now able to schedule cases in the Clerk's Office for motions and prove ups (see amended General Orders 20D 10, 13, and 14) for the following Calendars: Team C - Calendar C, 31, 32, 33, 34, and 35; Team D - Calendar D, 41, 42, 43, 44, and 45; Team E - Calendar E, 51, 52, 53, 54, and 55; Individual Calendars: 11, 21, 61, 62, 64, 98, and X/84.

    If your case is assigned to a Preliminary Calendar Team C, D, or E, unfortunately, the Clerk's Office is not able to e-print the assigned prove up Calendar on your documents when scheduling.

    We have the schedules in our Resource Center that show the judges by team and their assigned prove up date. For example, if your prove up is scheduled on a date that falls on a Monday and your assigned to Calendar D, then your prove up will be assigned to Judge Rivera or if your assigned to Calendar C and you get a Monday date, your prove up will be assigned to Judge Shapiro, and so on. Also, the schedules contain the email in which you will email your prove up documents. 

  • October 18, 2020 9:49 AM | Anonymous

    From: Cook County Courts

    Presiding Judge Moshe Jacobius issued an order, effective immediately, that will extend the foreclosure moratorium until further order by the court.

  • October 16, 2020 3:00 PM | Anonymous

    From: WTTW News

    Gov. J.B. Pritzker announced on Friday that Illinois’ ban on evictions would be extended until Nov. 16, as state officials continue to send grants to Illinois residents struggling to make ends meet.

  • October 01, 2020 8:00 AM | Anonymous

    From:  Illinois Supreme Court

    The Illinois Supreme Court amended Rules 212, 306, 315, 316, 318, 341, 368, and 705.

    The changes go into effect October 1. Amended rules are available online. https://courts.illinois.gov/SupremeCourt/Rules/Amend/2020/093020.pdf

  • September 29, 2020 1:26 PM | Anonymous

    Chicago Paralegal Association has teamed up with DISCO to access their e-discovery document review platform. This opportunity is normally only reserved for law schools, but we were able to convince DISCO that paralegals need database training just as much as future lawyers. We will be using DISCO training materials and our own materials to develop a training program to ensure our members are set up for success in the litigation and e-discovery fields. You won’t find this training program anywhere else. With the help of DISCO, CPA will provide members with real-world experience on how to navigate an e-discovery platform, how to perform a document review, gain experience in searching in a real database, and much more. 

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