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 Bill Status of SB1859  102nd General Assembly


Short Description:  CRIM PRO--DEFENDANT-CLOSED CIR

Senate Sponsors
Sen. Terri Bryant - Julie A. Morrison - Jil Tracy - Dale Fowler - John Connor

Last Action
DateChamber Action
  4/16/2021SenateRule 3-9(a) / Re-referred to Assignments

Statutes Amended In Order of Appearance
725 ILCS 5/106D-1
725 ILCS 5/106D-5 new


Synopsis As Introduced
Amends the Code of Criminal Procedure of 1963. Provides that the chief judge of the circuit by rule may permit the personal appearance of the defendant by means of two-way audio-visual communication, including closed circuit television and computerized video conference, at a hearing at which no witness testimony will be taken concerning the defendant's fitness to stand trial: (1) 90-day hearings; (2) trials with special provisions and assistance; (3) discharge hearings; and (4) proceedings after acquittal by reason of insanity. Provides that, subject to appropriation, the Department of Human Services and the Administrative Office of the Illinois Courts shall implement a pilot project between the circuit courts in 2 counties and Department of Human Services facilities treating persons unfit to stand trial or not guilty by reason of insanity. Provides that the purpose of the pilot project is to determine the feasibility and desirability of using video conference technology for hearings involving persons who are unfit to stand trial and persons who have been determined not guilty by reason of insanity. Provides that the Department of Human Services and the Administrative Office of the Illinois Courts shall submit a joint report to the General Assembly 6 months after the pilot project between the 2 counties and Department facilities has been operational for at least 2 years. Provides that the report shall: (1) evaluate the effectiveness of the video conference hearing process; and (2) make recommendations concerning the implementation of video conference hearings in all counties. Effective July 1, 2021.

Actions 
DateChamber Action
  2/26/2021SenateFiled with Secretary by Sen. Terri Bryant
  2/26/2021SenateFirst Reading
  2/26/2021SenateReferred to Assignments
  3/15/2021SenateAdded as Chief Co-Sponsor Sen. Julie A. Morrison
  3/15/2021SenateAdded as Chief Co-Sponsor Sen. Jil Tracy
  3/16/2021SenateAssigned to Criminal Law
  3/16/2021SenateAdded as Chief Co-Sponsor Sen. Dale Fowler
  3/16/2021SenateAdded as Chief Co-Sponsor Sen. John Connor
  4/16/2021SenateRule 3-9(a) / Re-referred to Assignments

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