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725 ILCS 5/115-10.3
(725 ILCS 5/115-10.3)
Hearsay exception regarding elder adults.
(a) In a prosecution for a physical act, abuse, neglect, or financial
perpetrated upon or against an eligible adult, as defined in
the Adult Protective Services Act, who has been diagnosed by a physician to suffer from (i) any form of
dementia, developmental disability, or other form of mental incapacity or (ii)
any physical infirmity, including but not limited to
prosecutions for violations of Sections 10-1, 10-2, 10-3, 10-3.1, 10-4, 11-1.20, 11-1.30, 11-1.40, 11-1.50, 11-1.60, 11-11,
12-1, 12-2, 12-3, 12-3.05, 12-3.2, 12-3.3, 12-4, 12-4.1, 12-4.2, 12-4.5, 12-4.6, 12-4.7, 12-5, 12-6, 12-7.3, 12-7.4, 12-11, 12-11.1, 12-13, 12-14, 12-15, 12-16, 12-21,
16-1, 16-1.3, 17-1, 17-3, 17-56, 18-1, 18-2, 18-3, 18-4, 18-5, 18-6, 19-6, 20-1.1,
24-1.2, and 33A-2, or subsection (b) of Section 12-4.4a of the Criminal Code of 2012, the following evidence shall be admitted
as an exception to the hearsay rule:
(1) testimony by an eligible adult, of an out of
court statement made by the eligible adult, that he or she complained of such act to another; and
(2) testimony of an out of court statement made by
the eligible adult, describing any complaint of such act or matter or detail pertaining to any act which is an element of an offense which is the subject of a prosecution for a physical act, abuse, neglect, or financial exploitation perpetrated upon or against the eligible adult.
(b) Such testimony shall only be admitted if:
(1) The court finds in a hearing conducted outside
the presence of the jury that the time, content, and circumstances of the statement provide sufficient safeguards of reliability; and
(2) The eligible adult either:
(A) testifies at the proceeding; or
(B) is unavailable as a witness and there is
corroborative evidence of the act which is the subject of the statement.
(c) If a statement is admitted pursuant to this Section, the court shall
instruct the jury that it is for the jury to determine the weight and
credibility to be given the statement and that, in making the determination, it
shall consider the condition of the eligible adult, the nature of
statement, the circumstances under which the statement was made, and any other
(d) The proponent of the statement shall give the adverse party reasonable
notice of his or her intention to offer the statement and the particulars of
(Source: P.A. 97-1108, eff. 1-1-13; 97-1109, eff. 1-1-13; 97-1150, eff. 1-25-13; 98-49, eff. 7-1-13.)