The structure of the Illinois judicial system is laid out in Article VI of the state Constitution. The state court system is made up of the Illinois Supreme Court, the Illinois Appellate Court and the Illinois Circuit Court.
The federal court system is made up of the Central District Court of Illinois, the Northern District Court of Illinois and the Southern District Court of Illinois. Appeals from these courts go to the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.
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There are 102 counties in Illinois. Each county belongs to one of twenty-three judicial districts and is served by a Circuit Court.
To see a list of counties in Illinois, please see - Illinois counties
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Upcoming elections: Illinois judicial elections, 2014
Past election results: Illinois judicial elections, 2012
Judicial elections consist of a partisan primary and general election. After the primary, the candidates who received the most votes from each party compete against each other for the judgeship. Supreme Court justices stand for retention elections.
If a vacancy occurs mid-term, the Supreme Court will appoint a new judge to fill the vacancy until the next general election.
Term - 10 years
Term - 6 years
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