Illinois Appellate Court
The Illinois Appellate Court is the intermediate appellate court in Illinois. First established in 1877, it hears appeals from verdicts reached at the trial level (the circuit courts in the state) and its decisions, in turn, can be appealed to the Illinois Supreme Court.
Each district represents a particular geographical district. Judges are elected to the courts to renewable ten-year terms in partisan elections.
The appellate court districts review transcripts of the trial and briefs filed by interested parties and considers oral arguments from lawyers to determine if the law was correctly applied by the trial court. In addition to resolving the specific case before it, rulings by each appellate district set precedent for the circuit courts in their geographic region on the proper way to apply Illinois law.
The court is divided into five judicial districts.
- Illinois First District Appellate Court
- Illinois Second District Appellate Court
- Illinois Third District Appellate Court
- Illinois Fourth District Appellate Court
- Illinois Fifth District Appellate Court
The court's judges
Cook County, the 1st District, has 24 appellate judges. The remaining 101 counties are divided into four districts that elect six judges each. Additional judges are assigned by the Supreme Court to the Appellate Court, temporarily, on a showing of need. Elgin is the seat of the 2nd District; Ottawa, the 3rd; Springfield, the 4th, and Mount Vernon, the 5th.
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- Website of the Illinois Appellate Court
- Appellate Court District map
- Appellate Court caseload statistics