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IL Supreme Court Chief Justice Thomas Kilbride '81 to Allow Jurors in Civil Cases to Ask Questions

Wednesday, April 18, 2012   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Max Rodriguez
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Illinois Supreme Court Chief Justice Thomas L. Kilbride, '81, is quoted in the Bureau County Republican on a new rule new rule that will allow jurors in civil cases to ask the questions.

"This proposal was the subject of much discussion — both internally by the Illinois Supreme Court Rules Committee at several of its meetings and at a public hearing in May 2011,” said Chief Justice Thomas L. Kilbride. "Based on the comments of those who have used or seen the procedure at trials, such a rule enhances juror engagement, juror comprehension and attention to the proceeding and gives jurors a better appreciation for our system of justice.

"The rule is written so that its implementation rests with the discretion of the trial judge and with safeguards, so that the testimony it elicits complies with the rules of evidence.”

Thomas Kilbride


Read more in the Bureau County Republican, "Letting the jurors ask the questions"

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