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 1        AN ACT concerning criminal law.

 2        Be it enacted by the People of  the  State  of  Illinois,
 3    represented in the General Assembly:

 4        Section  5.  The Capital Crimes Litigation Act is amended
 5    by changing Section 5 as follows:

 6        (725 ILCS 124/5)
 7        (Section scheduled to be repealed on July 1, 2004)
 8        Sec. 5.  Appointment of trial counsel  in  death  penalty
 9    cases.  If  an  indigent defendant is charged with an offense
10    for which a sentence of death is authorized, and the  State's
11    Attorney   has   not,  at  or  before  arraignment,  filed  a
12    certificate indicating he or she  will  not  seek  the  death
13    penalty  or stated on the record in open court that the death
14    penalty will not be sought, the trial court shall immediately
15    appoint the Public Defender, or such other qualified attorney
16    or attorneys as the Illinois  Supreme  Court  shall  by  rule
17    provide,  to represent the defendant as trial counsel. If the
18    Public Defender is appointed, he  or  she  shall  immediately
19    assign an such attorney or attorneys who are public defenders
20    to  represent  the  defendant.   The  counsel  shall meet the
21    qualifications as the Supreme Court shall by rule provide.
22    (Source: P.A. 91-589, eff. 1-1-00.)

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