This guide features links to litigation resources, from court rules to forms to information on civil appeals. For jury instructions, see the separate Legal Research - Jury Instructions guide.

I. Court Rules

II. Expert Witnesses

III. Forms-Legal and Procedural

IV. Evidence

V. Jury Verdicts and Settlements

VI. Professional Practice Sites

VII. Reports and Publications

VIII. Alternative Dispute Resolution

IX. Civil Appeals

 

I. Court Rules

  • Rule 6 - Text of the Illinois Supreme Court rule on citations
  • Official Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals site - Inlcudes federal and circuit rules, proposed rule changes, court calendar, docket sheets, briefs, oral arguments, court opinions, Practitioner's Handbook, tandards for professional conduct, 7th Circuit Operating Procedures, Pattern Civil Jury Instructions, Pattern Criminal Jury Instructions, guidelines for briefs and other papers, brief examples and a checklist.

 

II. Expert Witnesses

  • ExpertLaw.com - Search for experts by category. A free directory. By Law Offices of Aaron Larson.
  • ALMExperts.com - Search by area of expertise or name or browse by topic.
  • Experts.com - A searchable worldwide directory of experts and consultants.

 

III. Forms - Legal and Procedural

Legal

  • WashLaw Legal Forms - Extensive collection of forms from the Washburn University School of Law.

 

Procedural

 

IV. Evidence

  • Federal Evidence Blog - Each entry highlights one case daily by providing an in-depth summary and thorough review of the procedural history, facts, issues, applicable rules, and outcomes of each case. Includes also links to full-text copies of the cases and evidence rules at issue.
  • Electronic Discovery Law - A blog focusing on electronic discovery with case summaries, resources and news. Includes the Electronic Discovery Case Database of over 1500 electronic discovery cases collected from state and federal jurisdictions around the United States. Search results contain lists of case citations and brief case descriptions. Published and maintained by K&L Gates.
  • E-Discovery Resources - Provides publications, glossary, case summaries, rules & statutes, newsletters, and podcasts. Provided by Kroll OnTrack.

 

V. Jury Verdicts and Settlements

  • Center for Jury Studies - A collection of guides, publications, and links from the National Center for State Courts.
  • MoreLaw Verdict Search - Search for jury verdicts and settlements nationwide. Must select field to search. Founded by Tulsa lawyer Kent Morlan.
  • Securities Class Action Clearinghouse - The Clearinghouse provides detailed information relating to the prosecution, defense, and settlement of federal class action securities fraud litigation. From Stanford University.

 

VI. Professional Practice Sites

  • Bar Admissions Guide - Current bar admission requirements. From the National Conference of Bar Examiners (NCBE)
  • Physician Profile Search - From the Illinois Department of Financial & Professional Regulation. Search for physicians licensed in the state including legal actions, discipline and education.
  • International Judicial Assistance - From the United States Department of State. Arranged by country, information on service of process abroad, and obtaining evidence abroad.
  • Illinois Trial Practice Weblog - Tips and techniques for trial lawyers appearing for the plaintiff or defense. New posts on hiatus since August 2015.
  • MyShingle.com - Tips and information for solo and small firm lawyers.

For more resources see our page on legal news sources.

 

VII. Reports and Publications

  • ABA Civil Trial Practice Standards - Includes most recent revision of the Standards, the Civil Discovery Standards, the Standards Report, as well as conduct guidelines including the ABA Social Media Policy.

 

VIII. Alternative Dispute Resolution

  • Resolution Systems Institute (RSI) - Includes full-text articles, introductory materials and a bibliography on alternative dispute resolution in Illinois. Also includes links to description of ADR programs in Illinois, relevant statutes and rules, and a searchable, annotated database of court-related ADR resources.
  • Center for Conflict Resolution (CCR) - CCR is a not-for-profit mediation center, established by the Chicago Bar Association in 1979. It provides mediation services in court-annexed programs in the Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois.

 

IX. Civil Appeals

  • Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals - Federal and circuit rules, proposed rule changes, court calendar, docket sheets, briefs, oral arguments, court opinions, Practitioner's Handbook, standards for professional conduct, 7th Circuit Operating Procedures, Pattern Civil Jury Instructions, Pattern Criminal Jury Instructions, guidelines for briefs and other papers, brief examples and a checklist.

 

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The web sites listed in this guide are for information only and are not endorsed or supported by the Cook County Law Library. Please independently verify the accuracy and currency of all information. Consult an attorney for legal advice.

Compiled by Jean M. Wenger, Deputy Law Librarian

Revised September 2017 by David Sanborne