Rita B. Garman

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Rita B. Garman (born November 19, 1943) is an American judge. She is a current Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of Illinois. She represents the Fourth Judicial District on the Supreme Court. She was elected by her peers to serve a three-year term as Chief Justice from October 26, 2013 to October 25, 2016.[1]

Early life and education[edit]

Garman was born in Aurora, Illinois.[1] She was valedictorian of Oswego High School in 1961.[1]

She received her B.S. degree in economics with highest honors from the University of Illinois in 1965, Bronze Tablet.[1] She earned her J.D. degree with distinction from the University of Iowa College of Law in 1968.[1]


Garman was an Assistant State's Attorney in Vermilion County, Illinois from 1969 to 1973.[1] She later briefly worked in private practice with Sebat, Swanson, Banks, Lessen & Garman in 1973.[1]

In 1973, she was appointed an Associate Judge for the Fifth Judicial Circuit, where she served for twelve years. In 1987, she was elevated to be a Circuit Judge in the Fifth Judicial Circuit (1986–95) and served as the Fifth Circuit's Presiding Judge from 1987 until her assignment to the Appellate Court.[2]

Garman was assigned to the Appellate Court, Fourth District, in July 1995. She was elected to the position in November 1996. She was appointed to the Supreme Court of Illinois on February 1, 2001, and elected to the Court on November 5, 2002. She was retained by the voters in 2012 for a term that ends in 2022. While on the Supreme Court, Garman also established a Special Committee on Child Custody Issues and still serves as its liaison.

She is a member of the Vermilion County Bar Association, Illinois Bar Association, and Iowa Bar Association, as well as the Illinois Judges' Association.[2][1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h "Rita B. Garman, Supreme Court Chief Justice: Fourth District". IllinoisCourts.gov. Retrieved May 8, 2016. 
  2. ^ a b "Rita B. Garman". Vote Smart. Archived from the original on 2006-05-15. 

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