Bill Tapella Appointed to the Illinois Supreme Court Committee on Jury Instructions

Tapella & Eberspacher Law Firm partner, Bill Tapella, has been appointed to the Illinois Supreme Court Committee on Jury Instructions in Civil Cases.

The Committee on Jury Instructions is responsible for drafting and recommending pattern or form jury instructions to the Illinois Supreme Court. Pattern instructions, as they are known to attorneys, are recommended for use in all civil cases in Illinois.

These instructions are read to jurors during the trial to explain the law that the jurors must apply to the case before them.

The instructions address a wide range of civil cases including personal injury cases like car wrecks, slip and fall cases, wrongful death, dog bite, and medical malpractice cases, as well as contract claims and other civil law matters.

Having objective, uniform jury instructions ensures that the trial process remains fair and consistent.

“This is an honor that holds great meaning for me,” said Tapella. “First, for the Supreme Court of this state to call upon me in this manner is humbling. Second, as a trial lawyer, I know first-hand how important jury instructions are in civil cases of the type I litigate. I take this assignment very seriously because it allows me the opportunity to play a role in ensuring that everyone in Illinois receives a fair trial.”

Tapella’s term will begin on January 1, 2017 and will run for three years.