Governor signs Barickman’s legislation to stop abuse of court rules by governments

Springfield – Units of Government will no longer be able to abuse certain outdated court rules to throw out appeals filed by citizens, thanks to State Sen. Jason Barickman (R-Bloomington) and legislation he sponsored that was recently signed into law by Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner.

“Administrative courts are often the only route for people and businesses that have been mistreated by units of government,” said Barickman. “This will make sure that the deck isn’t stacked against citizens in these cases.”

Senate Bill 584 gets rid of an outdated rule that allows cases to be thrown out because someone misspelled or mislabeled their legal finding. Government entities, from police departments to school boards, have frequently used the outdated rule to get cases thrown out for simple filing errors instead of being judged on the merits of the case itself. The rule is only still in place in administrative courts, which are often used to appeal parking tickets or agency rulings. In both civil and criminal courts, filings can be amended to fix any spelling or naming errors.

 “This simply brings our administrative courts up to date with rest of our judicial system,” said Barickman. “This will help make government more accessible and accountable to the people.”

Senate Bill 584 was an initiative of the Illinois State Bar Association.

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