Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Illinois Courts go electronic

The Illinois Supreme and Appellate Courts will no longer publish their opinions in bound volumes, ending a 180-year-old practice. Instead, they will be published electronically on the Court website. Not to criticize progress, but I can walk over to the law library and those cases from 1831 are right there on the shelf, waiting to be read. (And those old cases are still good law - I once cited a case that Lincoln had argued). Will the lawyers of 2191 have as easy access to as we have to the dusty old law books?

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