Rep. Daniel Didech

Filed: 2/23/2023





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2    AMENDMENT NO. ______. Amend House Bill 1169 by replacing
3everything after the enacting clause with the following:
4    "Section 5. The Code of Criminal Procedure of 1963 is
5amended by adding Article 113A as follows:
6    (725 ILCS 5/Art. 113A heading new)

8    (725 ILCS 5/113A-1 new)
9    Sec. 113A-1. Special advocates.
10    (a) In a prosecution of a criminal case involving the
11injury, health, or safety of a cat or dog, the court may, on
12its own motion or motion of any party, appoint a licensed
13attorney-at-law of this State or a law student authorized to
14provide services under Supreme Court Rule 711 as a special
15advocate to assist the court, as deemed appropriate by the



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1court, and represent the interests of justice regarding the
2health or safety of the cat or dog.
3    (b) The advocate may:
4        (1) monitor the case;
5        (2) consult any person with information that could aid
6    the court and review records relating to the condition of
7    the cat or dog and the defendant's actions, including, but
8    not limited to, records from animal control officers,
9    veterinarians, and police officers;
10        (3) attend hearings; and
11        (4) present information or recommendations to the
12    court pertinent to determinations that relate to the
13    interests of justice, provided that information shall be
14    based solely on the duties undertaken under this
15    subsection (b).
16    (c) Nothing in this amendatory Act of the 103rd General
17Assembly shall be construed to alter the legal status of
18animals as a unique class of personal property.".