Did you know that last year the Illinois Supreme Court adopted new rules regarding citations to Illinois cases? Acknowledging that attorneys no longer access case law in printed reporters, the IL Supreme Court created a new way of officially citing cases that eliminates the need for the state to contractually publish and purchase the official opinions in bound volumes. Beginning in July 2011, all IL Supreme Court and Appellate Court opinions are officially published on the website of the IL Supreme Court. Citations to these opinions refer to the case name, year, court, docket number and paragraph number.
For example, a citation using the new rule looks like: People v Doe, 2011 IL 102345, ¶15.
The library created the following video tutorial to explain the new citation rules.