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Last update: 2011-11-09

  • Judiciary
    • Supreme Court Act.
    • Supreme Court Terms Act.
    • Supreme Court Building Act.
    • Supreme Court Historic Preservation Act.
    • Judicial Districts Act. (repealed by P.a. 89-719)
    • Judicial Redistricting Act of 1997.
    • Judicial Circuits Apportionment Act of 2005.
    • Appellate Court Act.
    • Appellate Court Law Clerk and Secretary Act.
    • Circuit Courts Act.
    • Judicial Vacancies Act.
    • Associate Judges Act.
    • Cook County Circuit Apportionment Act of 1991.
    • Compulsory Retirement of Judges Act.
    • Qualifications of Judges Act.
    • Official Court Reports Act.
    • Court Reporters Act.
    • Court Reporter Transcript Act.
    • Foreign Language Court Interpreter Act.
    • Child Witness Trauma Reduction Act.
    • Court Records Restoration Act.
  • Circuit Clerks
    • Clerks of Courts Act.
    • Circuit Court Clerk Regulation Act.
    • Fee Bill Act.
    • Record on Appeal Fee Act.
    • Court Statistics Act.
    • Domestic Relations Legal Funding Act.
  • Attorneys
    • Attorney Act.
    • Legal Business Solicitation Act.
    • Corporation Practice of Law Prohibition Act.
    • Attorneys Fees in Wage Actions Act.
    • Building and Loan Receivership Fee Act.
    • Lawyers' Assistance Program Act.
  • Juries
    • Jury Act.
    • Jury Commission Act.
    • Jury Secrecy Act.
    • Juror Protection Act.
  • Juvenile Courts
    • Juvenile Court Act of 1987.
      • Article I. General Provisions
      • Article II. Abused, Neglected or Dependent Minors
      • Article III. Minors Requiring Authoritative Intervention
      • Article IV. Addicted Minors
      • Article V. Delinquent Minors
        • Part 1. General Provisions
        • Part 2. Administration of Juvenile Justice Continuum for Delinquency Prevention
        • Part 3. Immediate Intervention Procedures
        • Part 4. Arrest and Custody
        • Part 5. Pretrial Proceedings
        • Part 6. Trial
        • Part 7. Proceedings after Trial, Sentencing
        • Part 7A. Juvenile Electronic Home Detention Law
        • Part 8. Violent and Habitual Juvenile Offender Provisions
        • Part 9. Confidentiality of Records and Expungements
      • Article VI. Administration of Juvenile Services
      • Article VII. Savings; Repealer
    • Juvenile Drug Court Treatment Act.
  • Court of Claims
    • Court of Claims Act.
    • Medical Fees of State Inmate Escapees Act.



Section 0.01. Short Title

(705 ILCS 5/0.01) (from Ch. 37, par. 8.9)

This Act may be cited as the Supreme Court Act.

(Source: P.A. 86-1324.)

Section 4

(705 ILCS 5/4) (from Ch. 37, par. 9)

If there shall not be a quorum of the justices of the said supreme court present on the first day of any term, the court shall stand adjourned from day to day, until a quorum shall attend; and if, from any cause, the supreme court shall not sit on any day in a term after it shall have opened, there shall be no discontinuance, but, as soon as the cause is removed, the court shall proceed to business until the end of the term, or until the business depending before it shall be disposed of.

(Source: R.S. 1874, p. 327.)

Section 5

(705 ILCS 5/5) (from Ch. 37, par. 10)

If the said supreme court shall not sit in any term, or shall not continue to sit the whole term, or before the end of the term shall not have heard and determined all matters and causes depending in said courts, all matters and causes depending and undetermined shall stand continued until the next succeeding term.

(Source: R.S. 1874, p. 327.)

Section 6

(705 ILCS 5/6) (from Ch. 37, par. 11)

The several judges of the supreme court, before entering upon the duties of their office, shall take and subscribe the following oath or affirmation:

I do solemnly swear (or affirm, as the case may be) that I will support the constitution of the United States and the constitution of the state of Illinois, and that I will faithfully discharge the duties of the office of judge of the supreme court of the state of Illinois, according to the best of my ability.

Which oath or affirmation may be administered by any person authorized to administer oaths--a certificate whereof shall be affixed thereto by the person administering the oath. And the oath or affirmation so certified shall be filed in the office of the Secretary of State.

(Source: R.S. 1874, p. 327.)

Section 7

(705 ILCS 5/7) (from Ch. 37, par. 12)

The supreme court shall be vested with all power and authority necessary to carry into complete execution all its judgments and determinations in all matters within its jurisdiction, according to the rules and principles of the common law and of the laws of this State.

(Source: P.A. 81-275.)

Section 8

(705 ILCS 5/8) (from Ch. 37, par. 13)

The Supreme Court may grant relief by mandamus, habeas corpus, certiorari, and all other relief, not prohibited by law, which may be necessary to enforce the due administration of justice in all matters within its jurisdiction.

(Source: P.A. 83-362.)

Section 11

(705 ILCS 5/11) (from Ch. 37, par. 16)

The office of marshal for the Supreme Court is hereby created, such marshal to be selected by the Supreme Court, and the duties of such marshal shall be to attend upon its sittings and to perform such other duties, under the order and direction of the said court, as are usually performed by sheriffs of courts. The salary of such marshal shall be fixed by the judges of the Supreme Court, such salary to be payable from the State treasury, upon bills of particulars, signed by any one of the judges of the Supreme Court.

(Source: P.A. 90-372, eff. 7-1-98.)

Section 13

(705 ILCS 5/13) (from Ch. 37, par. 18)

The judgments and orders of the supreme court shall be final and conclusive upon all the parties properly before the court.

(Source: P.A. 79-1365.)

Section 14

(705 ILCS 5/14) (from Ch. 37, par. 19)

The judges of the supreme court, or any 4 of them may enter orders and judgments in vacation in all cases which have been argued or submitted to the court during any term thereof, and which shall have been taken under advisement.

(Source: Laws 1965, p. 3445.)

Section 15

(705 ILCS 5/15) (from Ch. 37, par. 20)

Whenever any judgment shall have been rendered in the supreme court which, upon further consideration, is found to have been erroneously entered up, the judges thereof are authorized, during vacation, to change the same without ordering a rehearing thereof, by entering a proper judgment in said cause; and in case a mandate shall have been issued in such cause, the judges may recall the same, and, by order of any of the judges, all proceedings taken by reason of such mandate shall be vacated and set aside: Provided, that all such judgments shall be corrected within six months from the adjournment of the term at which they may have been rendered.

(Source: P.A. 81-275.)

Section 17

(705 ILCS 5/17) (from Ch. 37, par. 22)

The judges of the Supreme Court shall appoint a librarian for the Supreme Court Library, located at the Supreme Court Building, and prescribe his duties and fix his compensation to be paid as other expenses of the Supreme Court are paid. Such librarian, before entering upon the duties of his office, shall give bond payable to the People of the State of Illinois in the penal sum of $5,000 with security to be approved by 2 judges of said court conditioned for the due preservation of the books belonging to the library, in his charge, and for the faithful performance of his duties as such librarian.

(Source: P.A. 93-632, eff. 2-1-04.)

Section 19

(705 ILCS 5/19) (from Ch. 37, par. 23.1)

The Supreme Court is authorized to employ one senior law clerk and 2 junior law clerks for each judge of the Supreme Court. Such law clerks shall be graduates of an accredited law school and shall receive such salary as the Supreme Court may determine.

(Source: P.A. 83-985.)