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Illinois Supreme Court overturns law cutting civil juries to 6

Illinois Supreme Court overturns law cutting civil juries to 6

The Illinois Supreme Court struck down a law Thursday that reduced the size of civil juries from 12 members to six, finding that the writers of the state constitution had intended to guarantee larger juries when they adopted the current charter in 1970.

Justices voted 5-0 to overturn a 2014 law that determined six jurors should hear civil cases. It was an effort to increase pay for jurors taking time away from jobs and families by spreading the compensation pool among half as many people. Two justices didn't take part in the decision.

The case in question involved a man and woman who filed a medical negligence suit against five doctors and their employers. The...

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