Monday, September 27, 2010
The Giant(s) Of Illinois, Take 3: Supreme Court Of Illinois Approves And Promulgates Illinois Rules Of Evidence
Readers of this blog know about Illinois Supreme Court Chief Justice Thomas R. Fitzgerald and his intention to create Illinois Rules of Evidence. He announced this intention on September 6, 2008 and announced the creation of a Special Committee on Illinois Evidence on November 24, 2008. That Committee delegated to me the task of drafting a report comparing each Federal Rule of Evidence with the corresponding evidentiary principle that Illinois courts had developed in case law to assist the Committee in its creation of Illinois Rules of Evidence. In May 2009, with substantial assistance from John Marshall's Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Professor Ralph Ruebner and law students Katie Anderson, Timothy Herman, and Jessica Kull, I submitted a 100 page report to the Committee. The Committee then created Proposed Illinois Rules of Evidence, and, in May 2010, there were public hearings regarding the Proposed Rules.
Today, I am happy to announce that the Supreme Court of Illinois has approved and promulgated Illinois Rules of Evidence, which will take effect on January 1, 2011. Here is the Press Release. And here are the Illinois Rules of Evidence along with a Committee Commentary.
(Hat tip to my colleague Mark Wojcik for the link).