Full Text of SB0563 102nd General Assembly
SB0563 102ND GENERAL ASSEMBLY
102ND GENERAL ASSEMBLY
State of Illinois
2021 and 2022
Introduced 2/23/2021, by Sen. Omar Aquino
SYNOPSIS AS INTRODUCED:
Creates the Judicial Quality Act. Requires the Administrative Office
of the Illinois Courts to develop and implement an ongoing education and
training program for judges and relevant court personnel regarding
domestic violence or intimate partner violence, child abuse, racial bias
in sentencing, cultural competency, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender,
and gender nonconforming individuals, and the impact of trauma on youth
brain development. Provides requirements for the education and training
program. Allows the education and training program to be conducted
virtually or held through an in-person convening.
A BILL FOR
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AN ACT concerning courts.
Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
represented in the General Assembly:
This Act may be cited as the
Judicial Quality Act.
Education and training program.
(a) Subject to appropriation, the Administrative Office of
the Illinois Courts shall develop and implement an ongoing
education and training program for judges and relevant court
personnel, including guardians ad litem, regarding domestic
violence or intimate partner violence, child abuse, racial
bias in sentencing, cultural competency, transgender and
gender nonconforming, and the impact of trauma on youth brain
development. The education and training program shall:
(1) be conducted quarterly;
(2) include the latest, best practices from
evidence-based and peer-reviewed research;
(3) be designed to improve the ability of courts to
recognize and respond to the impact of child abuse,
domestic violence, racial bias in sentencing, and trauma
on all victims, specifically youth and lesbian, gay,
bisexual, transgender, and gender nonconforming
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(4) include hearing live testimony from people,
specifically lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and
gender nonconforming individuals, who may have been
sentenced to 20 years or more or detained pretrial on the
impact of long-term sentencing and incarceration; and
(5) include no less than a quarter of State judges and
relevant court personnel, and the entire judiciary shall
attend no fewer than 4 trainings a year.
Documentation showing completion of classes shall be
available to the public upon request and recorded with the
Administrative Office of the Illinois Courts.
(b) All training may be conducted virtually where at least
one of the topics in subsection (a) shall be the focus of each
(c) Trainings may be held through an in-person convening
at the discretion of the implementing body.