Press release announces that the slip opinions and bound volumes will no longer be printed. A new method of citation goes into effect July 1, 2011.
In Illinois, Supreme Court and Appellate Court opinions have been available on the
judiciary’s web site since 1996, but could not be directly cited because of the requirement that official citation be made to printed
reporters. That changes with the amendments to Supreme Court Rule 6, Supreme Court Rule 23 and an administrative order in relation to Rule
These citation changes direct the Illinois Supreme Court and the Illinois Appellate Court to assign
at the time of filing a public-domain case designator number, as well as internal paragraph
numbers to all opinions and Rule 23 orders filed after July 1, 2011. While the rule changes
require official citation to the public-domain numbering and paragraph scheme, they continue to
allow parallel citations to the unofficial regional reporters such as the North Eastern Reporter and
An example of a Supreme Court citation under the new system would look like this:
People v Doe, 2011 IL 102345, ¶15. This shows the name of the case, 2011 as the year of
decision, the Illinois Supreme Court as the court of decision, 102345 as the court-assigned
identifier number which is the docket number of the case and a pinpoint reference to the 15th
paragraph in the opinion.
An example of an Appellate Court decision from the Third Judicial District would look
like this: People v. Doe, 2011 IL App (3d), 101234, ¶15. In the Appellate Court, the unique
identifier number would consist of the last six digits of the docket number.
Unpublished orders filed under Supreme Court Rule 23 will have the letter “U” appended
to the unique-identifier number. Rule 23 orders will still be posted to the Court’s web site.