Measure To Cut, Standardize Illinois Court Fees Advances

Law360, Springfield (March 22, 2017, 9:26 PM EDT) -- A bill aimed at reducing Illinois court fees passed a key legislative hurdle Wednesday, although sponsors say the legislation needs more work before it can be voted on by the full General Assembly.

The measure, which cleared a House panel on Wednesday, would create across-the-board fee schedules for different types of cases along with a sliding scale in order to assist lower or even middle-income individuals. The bipartisan legislation is the result of a year's worth of work by the Statutory Court Fee Task Force, which put out a final report last summer showing different ways court fees in Illinois could...

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