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CIVIL PROCEDURE735 ILCS 5/8-601
(735 ILCS 5/) Code of Civil Procedure.
(735 ILCS 5/8-601)
(from Ch. 110, par. 8-601)
Laws not affected.
Nothing in this Article shall in any
manner affect the
laws now existing relating to the settlement of the estates of deceased
persons, minors, persons under legal disability who have guardians,
or to the acknowledgment or
proof of deeds and other conveyances relating to real estate, in order
to entitle the same to be recorded, or to the attestation of the
execution of last wills or of any other instrument
required by law to be attested.
(Source: P.A. 82-280.)
735 ILCS 5/Art. VIII Pt. 7
(735 ILCS 5/Art. VIII Pt. 7 heading)
Broadcast or Televised Testimony
735 ILCS 5/8-701
(735 ILCS 5/8-701)
(from Ch. 110, par. 8-701)
Broadcast or televised testimony.
No witness shall be compelled
to testify in any proceeding
conducted by a commission, administrative agency or other
tribunal in this State if any portion of his or her testimony is to be
broadcast or televised or if motion pictures are to be taken of him or her
while he or she is testifying. This Section shall not apply to judicial proceedings.
(Source: P.A. 97-1099, eff. 8-24-12.)
735 ILCS 5/Art. VIII Pt. 8
(735 ILCS 5/Art. VIII Pt. 8 heading)
735 ILCS 5/8-801
(735 ILCS 5/8-801)
(from Ch. 110, par. 8-801)
Husband and wife.
In all actions, husband and wife may testify
for or against each other, provided that neither may testify as to any
communication or admission made by either of them to the other or as to
any conversation between them during marriage, except in actions between
such husband and wife, and in actions where the custody,
support, health or welfare of
their children or children in either spouse's care, custody or control
is directly in issue, and as to matters in which either
has acted as agent for the other.
(Source: P.A. 83-408.)
735 ILCS 5/8-802
(735 ILCS 5/8-802)
(from Ch. 110, par. 8-802)
Physician and patient.
No physician or surgeon shall be
permitted to disclose any information he or she may have acquired in
attending any patient in a professional character, necessary to enable him
or her professionally to serve the patient, except only (1) in trials for
homicide when the disclosure relates directly to the fact or immediate
circumstances of the homicide, (2) in actions, civil or criminal, against
the physician for malpractice, (3) with the expressed consent of the
patient, or in case of his or her death or disability, of his or her
personal representative or other person authorized to sue for personal
injury or of the beneficiary of an insurance policy on his or her life,
health, or physical condition, or as authorized by Section 8-2001.5, (4) in all actions brought by or against the
patient, his or her personal representative, a beneficiary under a policy
of insurance, or the executor or administrator of his or her estate wherein
the patient's physical or mental condition is an issue, (5) upon an issue
as to the validity of a document as a will of the patient, (6) (blank), (7) in actions, civil or criminal, arising
from the filing of a report in compliance with the Abused and Neglected
Child Reporting Act, (8) to any department, agency, institution
or facility which has custody of the patient pursuant to State statute
or any court order of commitment, (9) in prosecutions where written
results of blood alcohol tests are admissible pursuant to Section 11-501.4
of the Illinois Vehicle Code, (10) in prosecutions where written
results of blood alcohol tests are admissible under Section 5-11a of the
Boat Registration and Safety Act,
(11) in criminal actions arising from the filing of a report of suspected
terrorist offense in compliance with Section 29D-10(p)(7) of the Criminal Code
of 2012, (12) upon the issuance of a subpoena pursuant to Section 38 of the Medical Practice Act of 1987; the issuance of a subpoena pursuant to Section 25.1 of the Illinois Dental Practice Act; the issuance of a subpoena pursuant to Section 22 of the Nursing Home Administrators Licensing and Disciplinary Act; or the issuance of a subpoena pursuant to Section 25.5 of the Workers' Compensation Act, (13) upon the issuance of a grand jury subpoena pursuant to Article 112 of the Code of Criminal Procedure of 1963, or (14) to or through a health information exchange, as that term is defined in Section 2 of the Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Confidentiality Act, in accordance with State or federal law.
Upon disclosure under item (13) of this Section, in any criminal action where the charge is domestic battery, aggravated domestic battery, or an offense under Article 11 of the Criminal Code of 2012 or where the patient is under the age of 18 years or upon the request of the patient, the State's Attorney shall petition the court for a protective order pursuant to Supreme Court Rule 415.
In the event of a conflict between the application of this Section
and the Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Confidentiality
Act to a specific situation, the provisions of the Mental Health and
Developmental Disabilities Confidentiality Act shall control.
(Source: P.A. 101-13, eff. 6-12-19.)
735 ILCS 5/8-802.1
(735 ILCS 5/8-802.1)
(from Ch. 110, par. 8-802.1)
Confidentiality of statements made to rape crisis personnel.
(a) Purpose. This Section is intended to protect victims of rape from
disclosure of statements they make in confidence to counselors of organizations
established to help them. On or after July 1, 1984, "rape" means an act of
forced sexual penetration or sexual conduct, as defined in Section 11-0.1 of
the Criminal Code of 2012, including acts prohibited under
Sections 11-1.20 through 11-1.60 or 12-13 through 12-16 of the Criminal Code of 1961 or the Criminal Code of 2012.
Because of the fear and stigma that often results from those crimes, many
victims hesitate to seek help even where it is available at no cost to them.
As a result they not only fail to receive needed medical care and emergency
counseling, but may lack the psychological support necessary to report the
crime and aid police in preventing future crimes.
(b) Definitions. As used in this Act:
(1) "Rape crisis organization" means any organization
or association a major purpose of which is providing information, counseling, and psychological support to victims of any or all of the crimes of aggravated criminal sexual assault, predatory criminal sexual assault of a child, criminal sexual assault, sexual relations between siblings, criminal sexual abuse and aggravated criminal sexual abuse. "Rape crisis organization" includes, but is not limited to, rape crisis centers certified by a statewide sexual assault coalition.
(2) "Rape crisis counselor" means a person who is a
psychologist, social worker, employee, or volunteer in any organization or association defined as a rape crisis organization under this Section, who has undergone 40 hours of training and is under the control of a direct services supervisor of a rape crisis organization.
(3) "Victim" means a person who is the subject of, or
who seeks information, counseling, or advocacy services as a result of an aggravated criminal sexual assault, predatory criminal sexual assault of a child, criminal sexual assault, sexual relations within families, criminal sexual abuse, aggravated criminal sexual abuse, sexual exploitation of a child, indecent solicitation of a child, public indecency, exploitation of a child, promoting juvenile prostitution as described in subdivision (a)(4) of Section 11-14.4, or an attempt to commit any of these offenses.
(4) "Confidential communication" means any
communication between a victim and a rape crisis counselor in the course of providing information, counseling, and advocacy. The term includes all records kept by the counselor or by the organization in the course of providing services to an alleged victim concerning the alleged victim and the services provided.
(c) Waiver of privilege.
(1) The confidential nature of the communication is
not waived by: the presence of a third person who further expresses the interests of the victim at the time of the communication; group counseling; or disclosure to a third person with the consent of the victim when reasonably necessary to accomplish the purpose for which the counselor is consulted.
(2) The confidential nature of counseling records is
not waived when: the victim inspects the records; or in the case of a minor child less than 12 years of age, a parent or guardian whose interests are not adverse to the minor inspects the records; or in the case of a minor victim 12 years or older, a parent or guardian whose interests are not adverse to the minor inspects the records with the victim's consent, or in the case of an adult who has a guardian of his or her person, the guardian inspects the records with the victim's consent.
(3) When a victim is deceased, the executor or
administrator of the victim's estate may waive the privilege established by this Section, unless the executor or administrator has an interest adverse to the victim.
(4) A minor victim 12 years of age or older may
knowingly waive the privilege established in this Section. When a minor is, in the opinion of the Court, incapable of knowingly waiving the privilege, the parent or guardian of the minor may waive the privilege on behalf of the minor, unless the parent or guardian has been charged with a violent crime against the victim or otherwise has any interest adverse to that of the minor with respect to the waiver of the privilege.
(5) An adult victim who has a guardian of his or her
person may knowingly waive the privilege established in this Section. When the victim is, in the opinion of the court, incapable of knowingly waiving the privilege, the guardian of the adult victim may waive the privilege on behalf of the victim, unless the guardian has been charged with a violent crime against the victim or otherwise has any interest adverse to the victim with respect to the privilege.
(d) Confidentiality. Except as provided in this Act, no rape crisis
counselor shall disclose any confidential communication or be examined as a
witness in any civil or criminal proceeding as to any confidential
communication without the written consent of the victim or a representative of
the victim as provided in subparagraph (c).
(e) A rape crisis counselor may disclose a confidential communication
without the consent of the victim if failure to disclose is likely to
result in a clear, imminent risk of serious physical injury or death of the
victim or another person. Any rape crisis counselor or rape crisis
organization participating in good faith in the disclosing of records and
communications under this Act shall have immunity from any liability,
civil, criminal, or otherwise that might result from the action.
In any proceeding, civil or criminal, arising out of a disclosure under
this Section, the good faith of any rape crisis counselor
or rape crisis organization who disclosed the confidential communication
shall be presumed.
(f) Any rape crisis counselor who knowingly discloses any confidential
communication in violation of this Act commits a Class C misdemeanor.
(Source: P.A. 102-469, eff. 1-1-22
735 ILCS 5/8-802.2
(735 ILCS 5/8-802.2)
(from Ch. 110, par. 8-802.2)
Confidentiality of statements made to personnel
counseling victims of violent crimes.
(a) Purpose. This Section is intended to protect victims of violent
crimes from public disclosure of statements they make in confidence to
counselors of organizations established to help them. Because of the fear
and trauma that often results from violent crimes, many victims hesitate
to seek help even where it is available and may therefore lack the
psychological support necessary to report the crime and aid police in
preventing future crimes.
(b) Definitions. As used in this Act, "violent crimes" include, but
are not limited to, any felony in which force or threat of force was used
against the victim or any misdemeanor which results in death or great
bodily harm to the victim.
(c) Confidentiality. Where any victim of a violent crime makes a
statement relating to the crime or its circumstances during the course of
therapy or consultation to any counselor, employee or volunteer of a victim aid
organization, the statement or contents thereof shall not be disclosed by
the organization or any of its personnel unless the maker of the statement
consents in writing or unless otherwise directed pursuant to this Section.
If in any judicial proceeding, a party alleges that such statements are
necessary to the determination of any issue before the court and written
consent to disclosure has not been given, the party may ask the court to
consider the relevance and admissibility of the statements. In such a
case, the court shall hold a hearing in camera on the relevance of the
statements. If the court finds them relevant and admissible to the issue,
the court shall order the statements to be disclosed.
(Source: P.A. 86-538.)