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CJS 208: Criminal Law (Zywiec): Reading Statutes

Reading Statute Citations

  • Illinois Statutes are published in a document called, "Illinois Compiled Statutes," (shortened to ILCS).
  • This list organizes statutes by topic, called a chapter.
    • Each chapter is made of different acts, which specify subtopics of the chapter.
    • Each act is broken down into different sections containing individual statutes.



the statute 750 ILCS 5/212 can be read as:

  • Chapter 750 of the Illinois Compiled Statutes, which discusses issues regarding families
  • Act 5, which discusses the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act.
  • Section 212, which deals with Prohibited Marriages.

Below is a visual example of how to read statutes:

Example Statute Citation

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