Friday, November 17, 2017

Parenting Classes

According to Illinois law, parenting classes are required whenever parents of minor children are engaged in a court proceeding involving allocation of parenting time and responsibility, formerly referred to as custody and visitation.  This includes post-judgment cases involving modification of parenting time and responsibility or relocation of the child. 

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Judge dozing during trial won't necessarily be cause for new one.

A new Illinois Appellant Court decision states if a judge falls asleep during a murder trial, it will not necessarily be cause for a new trial, as long as the judge was not dozing through crucial evidence or motions.  They ruled an inadvertent nap is harmless.

Monday, November 6, 2017

New aggravated battery law

A new law, effective January 1 2018, provides that a person commits aggravated battery when, in committing a battery, other than by the discharge of a firearm, he or she knowingly causes great bodily harm or permanent disability or disfigurement to an individual whom the person knows to be a Department of Children and Family Services employee.