Illinois Supreme Court Allows Free Public Access to Jury Instructions

December 8, 2011

Today, the Illinois Supreme Court announced that Illinois Pattern Jury Instructions will be freely accessible at the Court’s website. Until now, lawyers had to pay a hefty fee to private companies to be able to obtain that access, even though the jury instructions were drafted by lawyers who received no pay for their services but were appointed by the Illinois Supreme Court.

This is another huge step on the path which Illinois is taking to promote public digital access to the judicial system. Here is the link to the civil jury instructions:

http://www.state.il.us/court/CircuitCourt/CivilJuryInstructions/default.asp

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