Volunteer Protection Statutes
A director or officer of a non-profit is not liable for damages resulting from the exercise of judgment in their official duties. Volunteers are included as employees in the State Employee Indemnification Act. Court-appointed special advocates are
immune from civil and criminal liability. A volunteer rape counselor who discloses authorized records is immune from civil liability. A volunteer firefighter is not liable in civil suit for damages or injuries caused while in his performance of duties, and the fire department is liable for the damages. A certified person who performs CPR or uses a defibrillator machine on a person in need in an emergency is not liable for civil damages. A certified dentist or physician who renders emergency care is not liable for civil damages. A volunteer who provides services at a free medical clinic is not liable for civil damages.
805 ILCS 105/108. 70, Limited liability of directors, officers and persons who serve without compensation
No director or officer of tax exempt nonprofit organized under the state nonprofit corporation act shall be liable and no cause of action may be brought for damages resulting from the exercise of judgment or discretion in connection with the duties and responsibilities of such director unless: the director earns in excess of $5,000 per year from his duties as director (other than reimbursement for actual expenses) or the act or omission involved willful or wanton conduct. Exception: the director or officer earns in excess of$5,000 per year, other than reimbursement for actual expenses, or the act or omission involves willful or wanton conduct. No person who, without compensation other than reimbursement for actual
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37 exempt nonprofit shall be liable, and no cause of action may be brought, for damages resulting from an act or omission in rendering such services
Exception: the act or omission involved willful or wanton conduct.
5 ILCS 350/1, "Employee" includes volunteers for State Employee Indemnification Act
For purposes of the State Employee Indemnification Act, the term "employee" includes people who perform volunteer services for the state and people who volunteer for non-profit organizations as long as the volunteer relationship is in writing.
705 ILCS 40512-17.1, Court-appointed special advocate
A court-appointed special advocate who serves as a volunteer without compensation and acts in good faith within the scope of duty has immunity from civil and criminal liability. The good faith of a court appointed special advocate will be presumed.
Exceptions: willful and wanton misconduct.
735 ILCS 5/8-802.1, Rape-crisis volunteer
A volunteer rape crisis counselor who participates in good faith in the disclosing of particular records and communications has immunity from civil, criminal or any other liability that may arise from the action.
740 ILCS 75/1, Volunteer firefighter
If a volunteer firefighter causes injury to person or property while engaged in the performance of duty, and the injured person does not contribute to the negligence, the fire district or incorporated fire organization that the firefighter is working for is liable for the injury. A volunteer firefighter may enter upon land to carry out his duties and is not civilly or criminally liable. A volunteer firefighter is not liable in damages for injury to person or property caused by him during the performance of duties. Exceptions: injury resulted from willful and wanton misconduct.
745 ILCS 4912, Legislative intent
The provisions of the Good Samaritan act will be liberally construed to encourage people to volunteer their time and talents.
745 ILCS 49110, CPR volunteer
Any certified person who performs CPR up to generally recognized standards without compensation, in good faith, and on a
person in need of such is not liable for civil damages for an act or omission.
Exceptions: willful and wanton misconduct. Nonprofit Risk Management Center-(202) 785-3891 -www.nonprofitrisk.org
745 ILCS 49/12, Defibrillator volunteer
Any certified person who renders emergency medical care using an automatic external defibrillator in good faith and without compensation is not liable for civil damages to the person helped.