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COURTS705 ILCS 65/0.01
(705 ILCS 65/) Official Court Reports Act.
(705 ILCS 65/0.01)
(from Ch. 37, par. 640)
This Act may be cited as the
Official Court Reports Act.
(Source: P.A. 86-1324.)
705 ILCS 65/1
(705 ILCS 65/1)
(from Ch. 37, par. 641)
There is hereby created the office of reporter of decisions. The
reporter of decisions and such assistants and other personnel as may be
necessary shall be appointed by the Supreme Court to serve at its pleasure.
The salary of the reporter of decisions and his assistants shall be fixed
from time to time by order of the Supreme Court, and no person employed
pursuant to this Section shall have any interest in or derive any income,
directly or indirectly, from the reporting, publication and sale of the
opinions of the Supreme and Appellate Courts other than the salary
(Source: P.A. 77-93
705 ILCS 65/2
(705 ILCS 65/2)
(from Ch. 37, par. 642)
(a) The official reports of the decisions of the Supreme Court and
Appellate Courts shall be published and distributed under a contract to be
entered into by the reporter of decisions, subject to the prior approval of
the Supreme Court.
(b) Said contract shall be let to the person, partnership, or
corporation who will publish and sell said official reports together with
the advance sheets thereof on terms deemed most advantageous to the public
and state. Said contractor shall have designated in his bid and contract,
by name, a natural individual satisfactory to the court, who is a
management employee of the contractor and a resident of the State of
(c) Said contract shall require the contractor to publish such official
reports and advance sheets as early as practicable after the decisions of
said courts shall be handed down, and shall fix the prices at which said
publications shall be delivered within the State of Illinois.
(d) Said contract, at the option of the Supreme Court, may provide that
the contractor shall prepare and publish a full syllabus of the points
decided in said decisions, and shall also prepare and publish in each
volume a table of cases therein reported as well as a topical index of the
points of law covered by the decisions reported.
(Source: P.A. 77-93
705 ILCS 65/3
(705 ILCS 65/3)
(from Ch. 37, par. 643)
The reporter of decisions shall prepare the manuscript of the text of
the decisions of the Supreme and Appellate Courts for publication, shall
supervise the publication and distribution thereof under the contract
approved by the Supreme Court, and shall perform such other duties as the
Supreme Court shall prescribe.
(Source: P.A. 77-93
705 ILCS 65/4
(705 ILCS 65/4)
(from Ch. 37, par. 644)
The Supreme Court or its designee shall determine the style,
general format in which said decisions shall be published, together with
the frequency thereof; provided that if the decisions of the Supreme and
Appellate Reports are published in a single volume, said volume shall be
entitled "Illinois Reports" and, if published in separate volumes,
"Illinois Reports" for the Supreme Court decisions, and "Illinois Appellate
Reports" for the Appellate Court decisions.
(Source: P.A. 90-372, eff. 7-1-98.)
705 ILCS 65/5
(705 ILCS 65/5)
(from Ch. 37, par. 645)
The copyright of the statement of facts, of the syllabi, of the index
and of all other notes or references prepared by the reporter of decisions
or the contractor hereunder, must be taken by and shall be vested in the
Supreme Court and in the Reporter of Decisions for the benefit of the
People of the State of Illinois. The Reporter of Decisions is authorized by
writing filed in his office to license the use of such copyrighted
materials by any person, firm, or corporation. Any and all subscription
lists, data base, literature, editorial, production, advertising, marketing
material, and so forth, shall be considered to have been created in the
furtherance of this contract and shall be vested in the Supreme Court for
the benefit of the People of the State of Illinois.
(Source: P.A. 77-93
705 ILCS 65/6
(705 ILCS 65/6)
(from Ch. 37, par. 646)
The reports of decisions of the Supreme Court and Appellate Court
shall be distributed as follows: Five copies to the Library of Congress, one
copy to the President of the United States, one copy to each state and
territorial library, one copy to each State officer required to reside at the
seat of government, and one copy to the Legislative Reference Bureau. Five
copies shall be deposited in the library of the Supreme Court of this State,
and 2 copies shall be deposited in the State Library for the use of the State.
For the purpose of carrying into effect the provisions of this Section,
the Director of the Administrative Office of the Illinois Courts is
authorized and required to purchase a sufficient number of copies of each
volume of the reports from time to time as they are published.
This provision shall not be construed to require the Director to purchase
and distribute the reports to any office or library that declines receipt of
The Director of the Administrative Office of the Illinois Courts is
authorized to purchase a sufficient number of copies of each volume of reports
as required by the judges, clerks of courts, and research departments of the
Supreme Court, the Appellate Court, and the circuit courts of this State.
(Source: P.A. 92-16, eff. 6-28-01.)
705 ILCS 65/7
(705 ILCS 65/7)
(from Ch. 37, par. 647)
Within 10 days from the date when a decision becomes final, the Clerks
of the Supreme and Appellate Courts shall furnish to the Reporter of
Decisions, without cost, the opinions of the judges of his court. The clerk
shall also furnish such opinions to any other person, company, or
corporation desiring them at a price to be fixed by the Supreme Court.
(Source: P.A. 77-93)