On Thursday, May 7, 2015, HPS hosted a panel discussion at Chicago’s Standard Club to address, “The Impact of Change to Illinois’ Jury Trial System.” Clients, judges and HPS attorneys gathered to discuss the upcoming change, which will go into effect on June 1, 2015. The new law will change Illinois’ current jury system, including reducing its long-standing 12-juror system to a 6-juror system and increasing juror per diem compensation.
The panel included sitting Cook County Judge The Honorable Daniel J. Lynch, professor and retired judge Raymond J. McKoski, consultant Claire Luna of Jury Impact, Inc., plaintiff’s counsel Elizabeth A. Kaveny, and defense counsel David C. Hall. The group offered different perspectives on the new law, including HPS’ comparative experience in trying cases in other jurisdictions. The panel also discussed both the logistical and practical impact this new law will bring to the Illinois court system and its litigants as well as other associated issues brought about by this significant change.