Court Processes Simplified through Signing of Rep. Peter Breen’s Sworn Pleadings Bill

Governor Bruce Rauner has signed legislation sponsored by State Representative Peter Breen (R-Lombard) that simplifies the judicial process for pleadings or other document verified by certification.

SB 3295, now listed in the Illinois Statutes as Public Act 100-1086, provides that a sworn pleading or other document may be used in court without having to go through the additional step of securing a stamp and signature from a notary public. “Especially for those individuals who choose to represent themselves in the judicial process, eliminating the requirement that a notary sign and stamp court documents improves efficiency,” said Breen. “In addition to saving folks time and making the court process less complicated, there are potential savings if an individual’s notary charges a fee.”

According to Breen, the idea for the legislation was brought forward by the Chicago Bar Association and was supported throughout the committee and House/Senate voting process by several organizations, including the Illinois State Bar Association, the Lawyers’ Committee for Better Housing, and the Chicago Alliance Against Sexual Exploitation.

“This new law represents one small step toward making the judicial process less tedious for individuals seeking justice for wrong-doing,” Breen said. “It also closes a loophole that can be used against people who may be representing themselves and are unaware of all court requirements that involve sworn pleadings.”

Prior to being sent to the Governor for final action, SB 3295 received unanimous support in the House and Senate. With the signing of SB 3295, all nine of Breen’s 2018 bills have now been signed into law. In the 100th General Assembly, Breen served as lead House Sponsor for a total of twenty bills that have become law.

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