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1    AN ACT concerning criminal law.
2    Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
3represented in the General Assembly:
4    Section 5. The Code of Criminal Procedure of 1963 is
5amended by adding Article 113A as follows:
6    (725 ILCS 5/Art. 113A heading new)

8    (725 ILCS 5/113A-1 new)
9    Sec. 113A-1. Special advocates.
10    (a) In a prosecution of a case involving the injury,
11health, or safety of a cat or dog, the court may, on its own
12motion or motion of any party, appoint a licensed
13attorney-at-law of this State or a law student authorized to
14provide services under Supreme Court Rule 711 as a special
15advocate to assist the court, as deemed appropriate by the
16court, and represent the interests of justice regarding the
17health or safety of the cat or dog.
18    (b) The advocate may:
19        (1) monitor the case;
20        (2) consult any person with information that could aid
21    the court and review records relating to the condition of
22    the cat or dog and the defendant's actions, including, but



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1    not limited to, records from animal control officers,
2    veterinarians, and police officers;
3        (3) attend hearings; and
4        (4) present information or recommendations to the
5    court pertinent to determinations that relate to the
6    interests of justice, provided that information shall be
7    based solely on the duties undertaken under this
8    subsection (b).