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(735 ILCS 5/2-1106)
(from Ch. 110, par. 2-1106)
Peremptory challenges - Alternate jurors.
(a) Each side
shall be entitled to 5 peremptory challenges. If there is more than one
party on any side, the court may allow each side additional peremptory
challenges, not to exceed 3, on account of each additional party on the
side having the greatest number of parties. Each side shall be allowed
an equal number of peremptory challenges. If the parties on a side are
unable to agree upon the allocation of peremptory challenges among
themselves, the allocation shall be determined by the court.
(b) The court may direct that 1 or 2 jurors in addition to the
regular panel be impanelled to serve as alternate jurors. Alternate
jurors, in the sequence in which they are ordered into the jury box,
shall replace jurors who, prior to the time the jury retires to consider
its verdict, become unable to perform their duties. Alternate jurors
shall be drawn in the same manner, have the same qualifications, be
subject to the same examination and challenges, take the same oath, and
have the same functions, powers, facilities, and privileges as the
principal jurors. An alternate juror who does not replace a principal
juror shall be discharged at the time the jury retires to consider its
verdict. If alternate jurors are called each side shall be allowed one
additional peremptory challenge, regardless of the number of alternate
jurors called. The additional peremptory challenge may be used only
against an alternate juror, but any unexercised peremptory challenges
may be used against an alternate juror.
(Source: P.A. 83-707.)