Illinois Supreme Court Rule 243 - Written Juror Questions Directed to Witnesses

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On July 1, 2012, a new Illinois Supreme Court Rule took effect placing within the trial court's discretion the ability to permit jurors in civil cases to submit to the court written questions directed to trial witnesses. This rule represents a new procedure which has been available in other jurisdictions and which purports, according to the comments accompanying the new rule, to improve juror comprehension, attention to the proceedings, and overall satisfaction with jury service.

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