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|Illinois Supreme Court|
Seal of the Supreme Court of Illinois
|Motto||Latin: Audi Alteram Partem|
Hear the other side
|Composition method||Partisan election|
|Authorized by||Illinois Constitution|
|Appeals to||Supreme Court of the United States|
|Judge term length||10 years|
|Number of positions||7|
|Currently||Anne M. Burke|
|Since||October 25, 2019|
The Supreme Court of Illinois is the state supreme court, the highest court of the State of Illinois. The court's authority is granted in Article VI of the current Illinois Constitution, which provides for seven justices elected from the five appellate judicial districts of the state: three justices from the First District (Cook County) and one from each of the other four districts. Each justice is elected for a term of ten years and the chief justice is elected by the court from its members for a three-year term.
The court has limited original jurisdiction and has final appellate jurisdiction. It has mandatory jurisdiction in capital cases and cases where the constitutionality of laws has been called into question, and discretionary jurisdiction from the Illinois Appellate Court. Along with the state legislature, the court promulgates rules for all state courts. Also, its members have the authority to elevate trial judges to the appellate court on a temporary basis. The court administers professional discipline through the Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Committee and it governs initial licensing through the Illinois Board of Admissions to the Bar.
The Illinois Supreme Court is separated into 5 districts, with one Justice elected from each except the 1st, which elects three Justices. They are separated by county lines, as follows.
While the justices of many states' supreme courts are expected to relocate to the state capital for the duration of their terms of office, the justices of the Illinois Supreme Court continue to reside in their home districts and have chambers in their respective appellate districts (for example, the three First District justices are chambered in the Michael Bilandic Building in Chicago). The justices travel to Springfield to hear oral arguments and deliberate. Accordingly, the Illinois Supreme Courthouse includes temporary apartments for the justices' use while in Springfield.
|Name||Party||Joined||Term Ends||District||Law school attended|
|Anne M. Burke (Chief Justice)||Democratic||2006||2028||1st||Chicago-Kent College of Law|
|Mary Jane Theis||Democratic||2010||2022||1st||University of San Francisco|
|P. Scott Neville Jr.||Democratic||2018||2020||1st||Washington University School of Law|
|Robert R. Thomas||Republican||2000||2020||2nd||Loyola University Chicago School of Law|
|Thomas L. Kilbride||Democratic||2000||2020||3rd||Antioch School of Law|
|Rita B. Garman||Republican||2001||2022||4th||University of Iowa College of Law|
|Lloyd A. Karmeier||Republican||2004||2024||5th||University of Illinois College of Law|