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Supreme Court of Illinois

  Agency Contact Information:
Address: Supreme Court Building
200 E. Capitol Ave
Springfield, IL 62701
Phone: 217.782.2034
TDD Phone: 217.524.8132
Website: www.illinoiscourts.gov/SupremeCourt/
  Agency Contact Information:
Address: State of Illinois Building
160 North LaSalle Street
Chicago, IL 60601
Phone: 312.793.1332
TDD Phone: 312.793.6185
Website: www.illinoiscourts.gov/SupremeCourt/
  Service Profile:
Service/program name: Supreme Court of Illinois
Description: The highest tribunual in Illinois consisting of 7 justices elected from judicial districts for a term of 10 years. The Supreme Court has general administrative and supervisory authority over all courts in the state. This authority is exercised by the chief Justice with the assistance of the Administrative Director and staff appointed by the Supreme Court. The Supreme Court hears appeals from lower courts and may exercise original jurisdiction in cases relating to revenue, mandamus, prohibition or habeas corpus.

Service/program name: Appellate Court of Illinois
Description: At the appellate court level, the presiding judge and judges of each appellate district are assisted by a clerk of the appellate court and research director and their staffs appointed by the appellate judges. Appeals enter the clerk's office, where the dupty clerk assign them filing schedules and actively monitor and review cases as they progress through record preparation, motions, briefing, and oral arguments. Afer the court has heard an appeal, the clerk's office issues the court's decision and tracks all post-decision activity.

Service/program name: Circuit Court of Illinois
Description: The court of "original jurisdiction" is the circuit court. There are twenty-two circuits in the state, three of which are single county circuits (Cook, Will, and Du Page). The remaining nineteen circuits contain two to twelve counties per circuit. The circuit court can decide, with few exceptions, any kind of case. There are two kinds of judges in the circuit court: circuit judges and associate judges. Circuit judges are elected for six years, may be retained by voters for additional six year terms, and can hear any kind of case. Circuit judges are elected on a circuit-wide basis or from the county where they reside. Circuit judges in a circuit elect one of their members to serve as chief circuit court judge.

  General Information:
Description: The highest tribunal in Illinois, the Supreme Court hears appeals from lower courts.
Agency Type: State
Territory/Geographical area: State-wide (Illinois)

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