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October 29, 2013

Garman sworn in as chief justice

Began her career here in 1969

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Burke said Garman was told she would never practice law as an attorney and was attending the Iowa’s College of Law “only to catch a husband.”

Burke described Garman as a “courageous, intellectual woman.”

According to Garman, the court at every level needs to keep the focus on professionalism and civility.

“I think if you keep those issues in the forefront, there will be no barrier to individuals,” she said, adding that barriers based on gender and race are issues that need constant attention.

“We need to always work on that,” she said. “We have to be mindful that there are many that think our system isn’t as fair as it should be and we need to address those issues.”

Garman steps into the position held by Justice Thomas L. Kilbride, who was appointed chief justice in October 2010. Kilbride, who term as chief justice ended on Friday, conducted the actual swearing-in process at the ceremony.

As chief justice, Garman said she wants to continue the initiatives that have put in place, including the priority Kilbride put on technology for the courts.

“ I want to see use move forward so we have technology in every county and every circuit in the state of Illinois so that our system will work and you’ll be able to seamlessly track cases across the system,” she said.

She also stressed moving forward in cutting down the length of time during which cases move through the Illinois judicial system.

“We need to look at the best practices so courts in Illinois are using the most forward-thinking practices in handling all the cases and that we are moving case through the system,” she said. “There is a need to keep all the cases moving in the court system.”

Illinois Supreme Court Justice Mary Jane Theis was the first speaker of Monday’s ceremony, calling one of the most prepared when it comes to hearing cases.

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