(705 ILCS 320/10)
Court petition; process.
(a) The defendant shall file with the court where his or her case was heard a petition laying forth the reasons why juror contact is necessary or otherwise appropriate.
(b) Upon receipt of the petition, the circuit clerk for the court shall forward a copy of the petition to the State's Attorney or other prosecuting attorney. Where a response to the petition is deemed warranted, the State's Attorney or other prosecuting attorney shall have 5 days to file a response.
(c) The court shall, within 7 days of receipt of the petition and response, where one is filed, rule on the merits of the request.
(d) The court may, but is not required to, hold a hearing on the merits of the petition.
(e) If the petition is granted, the court shall, within 7 days of the ruling, arrange for the defendant to be transported to the courthouse to take part in the call. All phone calls shall be made by an officer of the court and shall be made between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 6:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. The court officer shall identify himself or herself to the recipient of the call, ask to speak to the juror in question, identify the purpose for the call, and ask the juror if he or she is willing to speak to the defendant. If the juror consents, the defendant shall be allowed to speak to the juror under the supervision of the court officer. If the juror refuses, no further contact may be made by or on behalf of the defendant. If there is no answer at the provided phone number, the officer of the court shall leave a message outlining the above and requesting that the juror contact the court officer to indicate whether or not he or she will speak to the defendant.
(Source: P.A. 94-186, eff. 1-1-06.)