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Judge Peterson to continue as editor of judicial benchbook

Published: Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2013 9:33 a.m. CST

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — The Illinois Supreme Court has asked Judge Lance Peterson to continue his service on “Project Benchbook” to work on the 4th edition of the DUI and Traffic Law benchbook.

The Administrative Office of the Illinois Courts recently contacted Judge Peterson to inform him the 3d edition of the benchbook will be published soon and requested that he remain on the editorial committee, which will then begin work on the next edition.

Benchbooks are a summary of various areas of the law with complete citations for judges to use as a resource to assist them when researching to prepare their decisions.

Benchbooks are used by judges across the state of Illinois and are provided by the Supreme Court’s Administrative Office.

Judge Peterson served on the committee that authored the original edition and drafted the first two chapters of the book, which cover the law of statutory summary suspensions of driver’s licenses, the Fourth and Fifth Amendments to the Constitution, and both civil and criminal procedure.

The committee is comprised of several judges from different counties around the state of Illinois.

The committee meets quarterly to discuss the progress of each updated edition, as well as recent changes in case law or statutory changes to be included in the benchbook.

“It’s been an honor to work with the distinguished judges on this committee on such an important research tool for the judiciary statewide,” Peterson said.

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