Springfield, IL…. State Representative McAuliffe’s House Bill 6109 passed out of the House on Wednesday by a 114-0-1 vote. HB 6109 provides that the Illinois Supreme Court may establish a pilot program to allow for the filing of petitions for temporary orders of protection and their issuance by electronic (i.e. audio-visual) means. The bill, modeled off similar legislation passed in New York last year, seeks to make the process of filing for an order of protection less stressful on the victims who may be afraid of the consequences of their abuser finding out.
The legislation is supported by the State Appellate Defender, the State’s Attorney Appellate Prosecutor, and the Illinois Coalition Against Domestic Violence.