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State's Attorneys Appellate Prosecutor - RG 316 | Illinois State Archives

Name: State's Attorneys Appellate Prosecutor - RG 316
Variant Name: State's Attorneys Appellate Service Commission


Historical Note:

The State's Attorneys Appellate Service Commission was created by the General Assembly in 1978. Its purpose was to represent the state when requested on appeal in criminal cases which came from judicial districts with less than three million inhabitants. The commission was composed of eight state's attorneys with two being elected by their peers from each judicial district containing less than three million inhabitants, the Cook County State's Attorney, and one state's attorney appointed by the other nine commission members. It oversaw a substantial staff and maintained offices in each of the judicial districts with less than three million inhabitants. The commission reported annually to the Governor and the General Assembly (P.A. 80-1st Spec. Sess.-3, pp. 3606-3611).

The commission's responsibilities were expanded in 1981 to include juvenile and paternity cases and cases covered by the Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Code. It also could provide assistance in tax objection appeals and was authorized to conduct training programs for state's attorneys and publish and distribute informative literature (P.A. 82-292, p. 1649). The commission became the Office of the State's Attorneys Appellate Prosecutor in 1985. The commissioners were retained as a Board of Governors for that office and the agency's functions remained as before (P.A. 84-1062, pp. 7035-7048).






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