Amendments to Illinois Pro Hac Vice Rules
The Supreme Court of Illinois amended Rule 707 (renamed as Permission for an Out-of-State Attorney to Provide Legal Services in Proceedings in Illinois) and made related amendments to Rules 756(a) and (a)(1) and 718(e) and (f), all effective for appearances filed in proceedings on or after July 1, 2013. The amendments do not require any annual registration or payment of per case fees for appearances by an out-of-state attorney in cases where that attorney obtained permission to appear in an Illinois proceeding prior to July 1, 2013. If the out-of-state attorney appears in any Illinois proceedings after July 1, 2013, he or she must comply with the requirements of Supreme Court Rule 707.
Amended Rule 707 permits an out-of-state attorney to enter an appearance in a proceeding in Illinois before a court, a court-annexed alternative dispute resolution body, or a agency or administrative tribunal of the State of Illinois or of a local government unit, if the attorney:
- meets licensure and other eligibility requirements
- associates with an Illinois attorney who files an appearance in the proceeding
- files a verified Statement with the tribunal
No order of the tribunal permitting the appearance is required. However, the attorney must serve the verified Statement on the ARDC, register annually with the ARDC, and pay fees to the ARDC.
Amended Rule 707 does
not affect the longstanding practice under which an out-of-state attorney
authorized to practice law in another United States jurisdiction is permitted
to provide legal services at a deposition in an Illinois proceeding without
need of separate Rule 707 permission, if the out-of-state attorney is assisting
an attorney whose appearance in the proceeding is authorized, regardless of the
location of the deposition. The out-of-state attorney is subject to the
disciplinary jurisdiction of the Supreme Court of Illinois (Supreme Court Rules
751(a), 752(a) and (b), 779(a) and Rule 8.5 of the Illinois Rules of
Professional Conduct). The longstanding practice is consistent with Rule 5.5 of
the Illinois Rules of Professional Conduct. This practice does not permit an
out-of-state attorney to file an appearance or to provide legal services before
the tribunal, including the filing of any pleading, motion, or other document, without obtaining Rule 707 permission.
*** Click here for instructions for a Rule 707(d) Statement and for a listing of fees and other requirements. ***
*** Click here to see amended Rules 707, 756(a) and (a)(1), and 718(e) and (f). ***
*** Click here to see an Overview of the amended rules. ***