Judge: New law creating 6-person juries unconstitutional

CHICAGO (AP) — A Cook County judge says a new Illinois law that cuts the size of juries in civil cases from 12 to 6 people is unconstitutional.

(Credit: Fuse)
(Credit: Fuse)

Judge William Gomolinski ruled Monday the Illinois constitution provides for 12-person juries. He says that “may not be altered by statute as our legislature has done here.”

The Legislature and then-Gov. Pat Quinn approved the law in 2014, and it took effect on June 1. The measure also more than doubled what jurors are paid.

Supporters said the changes would lead to more diverse juries, and that cutting back on the number of jurors would alleviate the cost of paying jurors more.

A plaintiff’s attorney says he plans to appeal Gomolinski’s ruling.
The Chicago Daily Law Bulletin first reported the ruling.