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News & Announcements

Check this page, or the News and Announcements box on the homepage, for the latest official news and announcements released by the court. You can also access archived news and announcements from this page.

August 22, 2017

The Seventh Circuit's committee on Pattern Civil Jury Instructions has, with the permission of the Circuit counsil, revised parts 6 and 7 of the attached instructions.

June 12, 2017

Beginning June 12, 2017, the U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois began participation in a pilot
program to make digital audio files of court proceedings available to the public over the Internet through the

April 3, 2017

Effective April 1, 2017, certain provisions became effective.  Counsel are directed to review revised Standing Order CDIL-9 for guidance concerning deposit and...

November 28, 2016

November 28, 2016 - The United States District Court for the Central District of Illinois will enter the following changes to their local rule.  The only changes being made are elimination of rules or parts of rules due to amendments to the...

April 12, 2016

The proposed revised pattern § 1983 civil jury instructions for the Seventh Circuit are offered for public comment by the Seventh Circuit Pattern Jury Instruction Committee and § 1983 Jury Instruction Subcommittee. The committees, which...

February 11, 2016

Fraud Alert: Fraudulent Tax Debt or Judgment Collection
The Clerk's Office has received several reports of people receiving telephone calls from someone purporting to be from the U.S. Department of Justice or the...

January 20, 2016
December 1, 2015

Effective December 1, 2015, Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 4(m) as it pertains to Time Limit for Service is amended. (See 2015 Revised Federal Rules of Civil Procedure). Practically speaking, the time for serving defendant is reduced from 120...

May 29, 2015

SPRINGFIELD - Clerk of Court Kenneth A. Wells announced today that effective June 1, 2015, the United States District Court for the Central District of Illinois will reorganize five counties in their district. The counties of Bureau, Hancock,...