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Illinois appellate judges are elected by the people of their district and serve 10-year terms. They hear appeals of verdicts from the circuit courts in their geographic region and determine if Illinois law was applied correctly by the lower courts.
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  • To Maintain Independent Judiciary
  • To Maintain Impartial Judiciary
  • To Maintain Integrity in the Judiciary
Profession:Illinois Appellate Court Justice 5th Judicial District
Illinois 5th District Appellate Justice, State of Illinois (2015current)
Trustee and Vice Chairman, Board of Trustees of Judicial Retirement System — Appointed position (2012current)
Circuit Judge, State of Illinois (20072014)
Sole Practitioner Attorney, self (19792007)
Public Building Commissioner, Williamson County Public Building Commissiion — Appointed position (20032007)
Trustee, Williamson County Regional Board of School Trustees — Elected position (19941998)
Alderman, City of Carterville — Elected position (19811991)
Assistant City Attorney, City of Carbondale (19771979)
IBEW Groundman, Shade Tree Service Company (19731973)
SIU JD , Law (second graduating class cum laude) (1977)
SIU BA , Economics (1974)
Carterville High School High School Diploma (1971)
Member , Grace Presbyterian Church Carbondale (1980current)
member, Carterville Chamber of Commerce (19982007)
member, Illinois Trial Lawyers Association (19872007)
member , Illinois State Bar Association (19792007)

December 29, 2014

 

SUPREME COURT ASSIGNS CIRCUIT JUDGE TO FIFTH DISTRICT

 

APPELLATE COURT

 

 

 

The Illinois Supreme Court announced Monday that Circuit Judge James R. Moore of the First Judicial

 

Circuit has been assigned to the Fifth District Appellate Court, filling the vacancy created by

 

the retirement of Appellate Justice Stephen L. Spomer on November 30, 2014.

 

The assignment of Judge Moore to the Appellate Court is effective January 2, 2015 and remains in

 

effect until further order of the Court.

 

Judge Moore was appointed to the Circuit Court in 2007 by the Supreme Court after undergoing an

 

extensive application, evaluation, and interview process that included a review by a six member

 

screening committee appointed by Justice Karmeier to fill a vacancy created when Judge Bruce

 

Stewart was elected to the Appellate Court in November 2006. After his appointment to the Circuit

 

Court, Judge Moore successfully ran for election in 2008, and was retained by voters in November.

 

"I am fully appreciative of the high honor bestowed to me by this appointment," Judge Moore said.

 

"It is an important trust. I shall endeavor to exert my full energy to fulfilling these duties. I am

 

thankful to God, my wife Cindy, my eight children, and my 10 grandchildren for their love and

 

support.

 

"I would like to express my gratitude to the Supreme Court, Justice Karmeier, my predecessor Justice

 

Spomer, and my First Circuit colleagues for their confidence and support as well."

 

 

After obtaining his juris doctor degree cum laude from Southern Illinois University School of Law

 

 

in 1977, Judge Moore worked as an assistant city attorney for the City of Carbondale until he

 

founded his own law firm two years later. As a sole practitioner, he was engaged in the general

 

practice of law, focusing on civil litigation, municipal, corporate, bank and small business representation,

 

personal injury, real estate, probate, and worker's compensation until his appointment to the

 

bench in 2007.

 

While in law school, Judge Moore had assisted Professor Ted Kionka with his well-known work

 

"Torts in a Nutshell." He was also the recipient of the Faculty Research Scholarship, and was on the

 

Dean's List.

 

Judge Moore was also a distinguished undergraduate at SIU. Majoring in economics with a minor in

 

political science, he accrued a 4.952 grade point average on a scale of 5.00; received University

 

Highest Honors, was on the President’s List, and was a member of the scholastic fraternity, Phi

 

Kappa Phi.

 

Judge Moore serves as a member of the Board of Trustees of Judicial Retirement Systems of Illinois,

 

appointed by the Supreme Court in 2012. He currently serves as vice-chair of the Board.

 

Judge Moore has been active in civic and charitable affairs. He was elected to the Carterville City

 

Council three times, was an elected member of the Williamson County Board of Regional School

 

Trustees, and had served as a member of the Williamson County Courthouse Public Building

 

Commission.He also served as an elder with Grace Presbyterian Church in Carbondale, and served

 

as a member of the Carterville Chamber of Commerce.

 

He was also the developer of a Carterville subdivision with over 100 residential lots on land acquired

 

by his great-great grandfather in 1874.

 

A lifelong resident of Carterville, Judge Moore has been married for 39 years to Cynthia Moore.

 

They have eight children and 10 grandchildren.

 

The Fifth Judicial District is composed of 37 counties in the southernmost part of Illinois, including:

 

Alexander, Bond, Christian, Clay, Clinton, Crawford, Edwards, Effingham, Fayette, Franklin, Gallatin,

 

Hamilton, Hardin, Jackson, Jasper, Jefferson, Johnson, Lawrence, Madison, Marion, Massac,

 

Monroe, Montgomery, Perry, Pope, Pulaski, Randolph, Richland, Saline, Shelby, St. Clair, Wabash,

 

Wayne, Washington, White, Williamson, and Union.

 

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(FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT: Joseph Tybor, director of communications to

 

the Illinois Supreme Court, at 312.793.2323 or Dawn Frison Cook, senior communications

 

specialist to the Illinois Supreme Court, at 312.793.0870)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ISBA Committee for Judicial Evaluations Outside of Cook CountyHighly Qualified
Illinois State Bar Association Judicial Advisory PollNot Recommended

 

From the first day I became a judge almost nine years ago, I have been acutely aware of the fact that every time I go into a courtroom, that experience for the litigants would be a day they would never forget.  Often I have heard it said, "I only went to court once.  It was for a speeding ticket."  Or, "It was for a divorce."  I always have kept in mind the idea that I, but for the grace of God, could be standing in the place of anyone in court.  Therefore, I treat everyone the way I would want to be treated.  Furthermore, I am ever mindful that whatever the proceeding, it will have a major impact on how those litigants view our legal system.  As a circuit court judge, I always exerted the best of my abilities to be patient and fair.  I wanted every litigant and every advocate to know that I would always listen and hear every side of the controversy. I wanted them to know I would be fully informed on the law and facts before making a decision.

 

            I know no one can reach perfection, but I have always endeavored to be completely impartial, fair, independent, and hard working.  I have always sought to reach decisions based only on the law and facts, and to behave with the highest standards of integrity.  With such an approach, I believe a general confidence is established in our system of jurisprudence as a whole, and myself as a judge in particular.  Without that confidence, our Republic cannot sustain itself.  Our Republic rests upon the willingness of the people to abide by the decision of black-robed individuals entrusted with the power to make decisions about their lives.  These decisions are life-altering and consequential.

 

            There is little doubt that among the most important decisions are those affecting children.  As a father of eight and a grandfather of eleven, I have a lot of life experience in this regard.  I applied myself diligently to the task of making decisions about children in juvenile court.  I encouraged and assisted in training CASA volunteers.  I sought and employed the expertise I gained at an advanced judicial academy sponsored by the National Center for Juvenile Justice.  From that training, I applied trauma-informed and evidence-based practices to the proceedings involving children. I am confident that I had a positive impact on the outcomes profoundly affecting the lives of those children.  Many times in court I was able to see unfold before my eyes the joyous tears of family reunification after a difficult, bumpy period in the life of a family.  I know of many happy outcomes in these cases.  Caseworkers, CASA volunteers, and attorneys have provided uplifting updates on the lives that were impacted.  I am humbled and grateful to God for the opportunities to serve in this way.

 

            It would be difficult to overstate the important role judges have in protecting the freedoms and liberties guaranteed in the Illinois and United States Constitutions.  It is imperative that judges understand what judges are not charged to do.  Judges are not legislators.  Judges are only to decide the issues presented in the particular cases before them.  Judges ought to confine rulings and opinions within the framework of the Constitution as written.

 

The following statements say what it is I believe it is important for a judge to remember:

 

"The ultimate test of a moral society is the kind of world that it leaves to its children."

-- Dietrich Bonhoeffer

 

"Do not separate text from historical background when construing the Constitution. If you do you will have perverted and subverted the Constitution, which can only end in a distorted, bastardized form of illegitimate government."  -- James Madison

"The Constitution preserves the advantage of being armed which Americans possess over the people of almost every other nation where the governments are afraid to trust the people with arms."

-- James Madison

"As a member of this court I am NOT justified in writing my private notions of policy into the Constitution, no matter how deeply I may cherish them or how mischievous may deem their disregard." -- Felix Frankfurter

 

 

 

Opinions Authored and Published by Justice James R. "Randy" Moore

Summary

A list of opinions published and authored by Justice James R. "Randy" Moore

 

People v. Geiler, Christopher M.                                           2015 IL App (5th) 140423

 

 

 

Sinclair Oil Corp. v. Allianz Underwriters Insurance Co.    2015 IL App (5th) 140069

 

 

 

Bemis v. Employers Mutual Casualty Co.                              2015 IL App (5th) 130402

 

 

 

People v. Way, Ida                                                                 2015 IL App (5th) 130096

 

 

 

People v. Mueller, Joshua                                                      2015 IL App (5th) 130013

 

 

 

People v. Wingate, Gary                                                        2015 IL App (5th) 130189

 

 

 

In re Marriage of Veile                                                          2015 IL App (5th) 130499

 

(dissenting opinion)   

 

 

 

Country Mutual Insurance Co. v. Bible Pork, Inc.                2015 IL App (5th) 140211

 

(dissenting opinion)

 

 

 

Carter v. The City of Alton, et al.                                           2015 IL App (5th) 130544

 

(specially concurring opinion)

 

 

 

Christopher Wardwell v. Union Pacific Railroad Co.           2016 IL App (5th) 140461

 

(dissenting opinion)   

 

 

 

Benton v. The City of Granite City                                        2016 IL App (5th) 150241

 

Rule 23 Orders Authored by Justice James R. "Randy" Moore

Summary

A list of unpublished orders authored by Justice James R. "Randy" Moore.  These are orders that legally dispose of a case but do not become precedent.

 

In re Marriage of Scheibal                                                                 2015 IL App (5th) 140440

 

People v. Campbell, Roger, Jr.                                                          2015 IL App (5th) 130005

 

People v. Addison, Herman                                                                2015 IL App (5th) 130245

 

People v. Parks, Derrick                                                                    2015 IL App (5th) 130461

 

Brown v. St. Clair Anesthesia, Ltd.                                                    2015 IL App (5th) 140251

 

People v. Barnes, Diamond                                                                2015 IL App (5th) 130493

 

Franklin-Williamson Properties v. Ball                                             2015 IL App (5th) 130591

 

In re Application of the County Treasurer                                         2015 IL App (5th) 140360

 

People v. Phillips, Peter                                                                    2015 IL App (5th) 130093

 

People v. Mulvaney, Ryan E.                                                             2015 IL App (5th) 130140

 

People v. Mitchell, Robert L.                                                             2015 IL App (5th) 130259

 

Harrison v. Next Energy, LLC                                                            2015 IL App (5th) 140355

 

Berner v. Faith Church of Lebanon                                                   2015 IL App (5th) 140502

 

In re K.C., S.Y. & J.Y., Minors                                                           2015 IL App (5th) 140604

 

People v. Jackson, Elias M.                                                               2015 IL App (5th) 140332

 

Stewart v. Duncan                                                                              2015 IL App (5th) 140416

 

People v. Fajardo, Gregory                                                               2015 IL App (5th) 130141

 

Huels v. Timmerman                                                                           2015 IL App (5th) 140422

 

People v. Collins, Ian                                                                         2015 IL App (5th) 130504

 

In re L.K., a Minor                                                                              2015 IL App (5th) 150051

 

LaRiviere v. Bd. of Trustees of SIU                                                    2015 IL App (5th) 140443

 

In re Estate of Nettles                                                                         2015 IL App (5th) 140509

 

People v. Ladd, Earl Jr.                                                                     2015 IL App (5th) 130462

 

In re Estate of Tate                                                                             2015 IL App (5th) 140571

 

People v. Lattimore Milton, Jr.                                                          2015 IL App (5th) 140148

 

Jasper Oil Producers v. Dupo Oilfield Development, Inc.                2015 IL App (5th) 150084

 

People v. Devers, Ross M. (dissent)                                                   2015 IL App (5th) 140512

 

People v. Ferrell, Gregory                                                                 2015 IL App (5th) 130222

 

People v. Lee, Joseph C.                                                                    2015 IL App (5th) 150002

 

In re Rynisha P., etc.                                                                          2015 IL App (5th) 150245

 

Anderson v. Cerrow Flow Products, Inc. (special concurrence)      2015 IL App (5th) 140590

 

People v. Sturdivant, Carl                                                                  2015 IL App (5th) 140137

 

Clark v. Tosh Pork, LLC                                                                     2015 IL App (5th) 150119

 

People v. Morrow, DeCarlos Sr.                                                        2015 IL App (5th) 140220

 

People v. Tandy, Darryl                                                                     2015 IL App (5th) 130449

 

In re Marriage of Brown                                                                    2015 IL App (5th) 150218

 

People v. Bruny, Ernst, Jr.                                                                 2015 IL App (5th) 150113

 

People v. Reeves, Michael                                                                 2016 IL App (5th) 130261

 

People v. Demers, Jon                                                                        2016 IL App (5th) 130405

 

In re Marriage of Weger                                                                    2016 IL App (5th) 150141

 

People v. Adams, Tommy                                                                   2016 IL App (5th) 130083

 

People v. Hedger, Daniel G.                                                              2016 IL App (5th) 130384

 

Dept. of Transportation, State of IL v. Winkler                                 2016 IL App (5th) 150175

 

Appellate Review of Decisions of Judge James R. "Randy" Moore as Circuit Judge and as Attorney

Summary

This is a list of all cases in which the appellate court reviewed decisions made by Judge James R. "Randy" Moore as a circuit judge.  This is followed by a list of all cases where the appellate court issued a published opinion in which James R. "Randy" Moore was involved as an attorney.

 

Appellate Review of Decisions of Judge James R. Moore

 

Circuit Court of the 1st Judicial Circuit

 

Williamson County, Illinois

 

 

 

In re Marriage of Bunting                                         384 Ill. App. 3d 1110 (2008)

 

In re Marriage of Key                                               388 Ill. App. 3d 1143 (2010)

 

In re Adoption of Brandon D.G.                               388 Ill. App. 3d 1154 (2009)

 

In re B.D.T., a Minor                                                396 Ill. App. 3d 1143 (2010)

 

In re Marriage of George                                         399 Ill. App. 3d 1251 (2010)

 

Wilson v. Knoob                                                        401 Ill. App. 3d 1159 (2010)

 

In re Marriage of Rash                                             406 Ill. App. 3d 381 (2010)

 

Gribble v. Stanley                                                     2011WL 10500934

 

In re Lucas M.T., a Minor                                         2011 IL App (5th) 100143-U

 

In re A.B. and K.D, Minors                                       2011 IL App (5th) 110065-U

 

In re Estate of Parrish                                              2011 IL App (5th) 110015-U

 

In re A.E.A.T., a Minor                                             2012 IL App (5th) 120080-U

 

Umana v. Cirurgia Centro,LLC                               2012 IL App (5th) 110404-U

 

Gupta v. Airbrush Alley                                            2013 IL App (5th) 120261-U

 

In re Marriage of Stefan                                           2013 IL App (5th) 120219-U

 

Turner v. Rorick                                                        2013 IL App (5th) 120587-U

 

In re Z.J.F., a Minor                                                 2013 IL App (5th) 130044-U

 

Sanders v. Williams                                                  2013 IL App (5th) 110573-U

 

Anderson v. Sneed                                                     2013 IL App (5th) 130098-U

 

In re Z.G.L.C. and E.C., Minors                                         2013 IL App (5th) 120480-U

 

In re S.A.D., a Minor                                                2014 IL App (5th) 140326-U

 

In re C.J.B., a Minor                                                 2014 IL App (5th) 140072-U

 

Deutsche Bank National Trust v. Ferguson              2014 IL App (5th) 130323-U

 

Estate of James v. Tondini                                        2014 IL App (5th) 130031

 

In re J.T., a Minor                                                     2014 IL App (5th) 130238-U

 

 

 

 

 

Appellate Review of Cases Involving James R. Moore as Attorney

 

 

 

 

 

Village of Cambria v. Dunaway                                             101 Ill. App. 3d 609 (1981)

 

 

 

Action Leasing and Rental, Inc. v. Shepard                           126 Ill. App. 3d 489 (1984)

 

 

 

Daily v. Mid-America Bank and Trust Co. of Carbondale    130 Ill. App. 3d 639 (1985)

 

 

 

Windeguth v. National Supermarkets, Inc.                            201 Ill. App. 3d 35 (1990)

 

 

 

Sakonyi v. Lindsey                                                                  261 Ill. App. 3d 821 (1994)

 

 

 

 

 

*Please note that this list includes only published opinions involving James R. Moore as attorney.  Unpublished Rule 23 orders from this time period are not available in a searchable format.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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