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Chicago Appleseed Fund for Justice is an independent research and advocacy organization seeking to make the courts fairer, as well as more efficient and accessible.

Budget Standoff Threatens Flagship Court ReformThe Chicago Daily Law Bulletin published an editorial by Chicago Appleseed Fund for Justice regarding the impact of the state fiscal crisis on the state's flagship prison diversion program, Adult Redeploy Illinois. The full text is reprinted below and a .pdf is available here: In this week’s state of the state address, Governor Rauner rightly characterizes our state’s investment in alternatives to prison as [more]
Ruling in Sanchez v. Torres in the Illinois Appellate CourtIn August, Chicago Appleseed joined an amicus authored by the Domestic Violence Legal Empowerment and Appeals Project of the George Washington University Law School and attorneys at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP filed before the Illinois Appellate court in Sanchez v. Torres. At issue in the case was whether it was proper for the trial court to issue a civil [more]
Constitutionality and the Six Member JuryIn June of this year, an amendment to 735 ILCS 5/2-1105 went into effect, reducing the size of juries in civil trials in Illinois from twelve jurors to six. The ostensible purpose of the reduction in jury size was to accommodate a rise in juror pay (from $17.20 per day in Cook County to $25 for the first day and [more]
Judicial Elections, Ethics Rules and the Ongoing Impact of Campaign FinancingThe Tennessee Rules for judicial election campaign conduct are considered an excellent model for Supreme Court rules in jurisdictions that elect judges. In early December, the Tennessee Supreme Court amended the provisions of the Code of Judicial Conduct regarding judges and judicial candidates’ election campaign conduct. The recent changes stem from suggestions made by a joint committee of the Tennessee [more]
Cook County Domestic Relations Court ChangesChicago Appleseed Fund for Justice has been working with a task force for the Presiding Judge of the Domestic Relations Division, Grace Dickler, for several years to improve the court. The work has been very rewarding and plans for a pilot courtroom based upon our work have been approved for 2016. In a very exciting development, Judge Dickler has announced [more]
Chicago Council of Lawyers' Statement on the Chicago Police DepartmentChicago Appleseed Fund for Justice has been a part of the Chicago social justice community for over 40 years. We are proud of the relationships we have built with many reform-minded members of our courts and County government. Like the rest of the community, we are disturbed by the systemic failures exposed in the aftermath of the police shooting of [more]