Illinois Court Records
The Illinois Supreme Court Library provides access to thousands of volumes of Illinois court records in person and online. This library is physically located in Springfield, and serves the Supreme Court justices and local judiciary and law students, as well as the general public.
Many of these Illinois court records are required for case histories and writing opinions, and past cases from trial and appellate courts can be researched there. The general public is also often interested in court forms, rules and other publications that can be utilized when representing themselves in the court of law.
The state’s law library was established by its constitution and now shares a home with the Illinois Supreme Court.
History of Illinois Court Records
In 1842, the Illinois Supreme Court Library was founded. In 1908, it was moved to Springfield, sharing space in the Supreme Court Building. Its main mission is providing legal and research support to the judiciary, though government officials and the general public can also access its volumes of information. The library also maintains a private branch in Chicago for the strict use of the First District Appellate Court and Supreme Court in Chicago.
Illinois Court Records Availability
There are more than 100,000 Illinois court records available for review in the Illinois Supreme Court Library. More than 350 legal periodicals are also maintained there, and it provides access to federal and state documents and statutes, court case digests, treaties and court forms and rules. These records are frequently used by legal professionals and justices to research past cases and establish constitutionality in a decision. Most of the volumes are searchable online, though it does not lend them to the general public.
Main Court Information
The Illinois Supreme Court is the court of last resort in the state, hearing appeals from lower courts and reviewing their decisions. Justices are elected to their seats for a 10-year term, and there are currently seven justices serving the court. The court meets in Springfield on the second Monday of September, November, January, March and May. When court isn’t in session, justices are conducting research at the Illinois Supreme Court Library to write opinions and gather legal background on the cases at hand.
The Illinois Supreme Court establishes rules of the state’s judicial system, and exercises discretionary jurisdiction over appeals from the Illinois Appellate Court. Other cases it decides include those regarding revenue, mandamus, prohibition and habeas corpus.
Caseloads for the Illinois Supreme Court tend to average in the few thousands each year. In 2007, there were 2,836 filings and 2,962 dispositions. In 2013, there were 2,671 filings and 2,627 dispositions. In 2010, there were 3,014 filings and 2,922 dispositions, which is the highest number of filings reported in recent years.