Letting the jurors ask the questions
A new rule will allow jurors in civil cases to ask the questions, beginning July 1.
“This proposal was the subject of much discussion — both internally by the Illinois Supreme Court Rules Committee at several of its meetings and at a public hearing in May 2011,” said Chief Justice Thomas L. Kilbride. “Based on the comments of those who have used or seen the procedure at trials, such a rule enhances juror engagement, juror comprehension and attention to the proceeding and gives jurors a better appreciation for our system of justice.
“The rule is written so that its implementation rests with the discretion of the trial judge and with safeguards, so that the testimony it elicits complies with the rules of evidence.”
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