Saturday, October 22, 2005

Finding and Printing a Uniform Act in Illinois

Uniform laws and model acts are proposed statutes drafted by the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws, which consists of representatives of every state. Uniform laws adopted by the NCCUSL at its annual meetings may then be introduced as bills in the individual state legislatures, which can adopt them as proposed in whole or in part, modify them, or reject them. Once uniform laws are adopted, at least in part, by a state's legislature, they are included within that state's statutory code.

When courts or commentators refer to a uniform law or act adopted by a specific state, they typically include the state in the name to distinguish it from the versions adopted by other states. For example, a court opinion or law journal article discussing the version of the Uniform Commercial Code that was adopted by the Illinois General Assembly and codified in the Illinois Compiled Statutes at 810 ILCS 5/1-101 – 5/13-103 would refer to it as the Illinois Uniform Commercial Code. However, the title of the act as it appears in the the Illinois Compiled Statutes is simply the Uniform Commercial Code. It is important to keep this distinction in mind when you are searching for a uniform act in the state's statutes.

For step-by-step instructions for finding and printing the Illinois version of a uniform act on the web, in books, on LexisNexis, or on Westlaw, check out the SIU Law Library's Research Guide on Finding and Printing a Uniform Act in Illinois.

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