Illinois Supreme Court to hear arguments via video

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois Supreme Court will for the first time in its history hear oral arguments through videoconference because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The unusual procedure during May will allow the court’s seven justices to observe social distancing, a practice which experts believe significantly limits transmission of the potentially deadly virus. The court is scheduled to hear 11 cases on May 12-14.

Arguments begin at 9 a.m. each day. Court personnel will have training sessions with lawyers involved in the cases so that they know what to expect from the virtual sessions.

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(This story was originally published on April 25, 2020)

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