You might say the Illinois Judicial Branch is "raising the bar" in this Midwestern state. The branch -- which consists of the Illinois Supreme Court, Appellate Court, and Circuit Court, as well as eight offices, commissions, and boards -- is primarily responsible for interpreting the laws of the state. Illinois is divided into five judicial districts for the selection of Supreme and Appellate Court judges. The Supreme Court, the highest tribunal in the state, has general administrative and supervisory authority over all other state courts. It consists of seven judges.