Lawsuit Seeks To Block Cook County Court Fee For Children's Waiting RoomA lawsuit filed against the Cook County Circuit Court Clerk and Cook County Treasurer alleges a $10 children’s waiting room fee paid by all plaintiffs and defendants is unconstitutional, because it must be paid even by those without kids.
Cook County Courts To Allow Cameras In 2015Court officials say the program will begin Jan. 5 in the felony courtrooms at the Leighton Criminal Court Building in Chicago. It's been the site of many high-profile trials. Bond hearings are excluded from the pilot project.
Report Critical Of Cook County Pretrial ServicesA new report says staff shortages and other problems have undermined the office that helps Cook County judges decide if a suspect should remain in jail pending trial.
Expert: Courts Need Monitor To Oversee Boot Camp SentencesReports that Cook County judges have been improperly sentencing violent criminals to a boot camp reserved for non-violent offenders have prompted a criminal justice expert to call for a fix.
County Panel Backs Switch To Electronic Records For Court SystemThe Cook County Board's Technology Committee has voted that it's time to stop tracking court cases, prisoners, and trials using carbon paper and sticky notes.
Four Years After Charges Dropped, Soldier Still Trying To Clear His NameA local Iraq War veteran has been trying to clear his name, after he was accused of attacking a family member.
Workers At Clerk’s Office, Morgue Charged With CorruptionA Cook County Circuit Court employee has been charged with stealing $3,500 in traffic ticket payments, the fourth clerk’s office employee to face criminal charges this year, prosecutors announced Tuesday.
Cook County Court Staffer Held On $750K Bail For Allegedly Shredding Court FilesA veteran Cook County Circuit Court employee was ordered held in lieu of $750,000 bail Saturday for allegedly taking court files from work and then shredding them at her kitchen table.
County Considers New Fines For Drug Paraphernalia, Snow Dumping, Public UrinationThe Cook County Board is considering enacting new fines for a variety of offenses from public urination to illegal refrigerator dumping.
Report: Evans Hiring New Judges Despite Lack Of Need For ThemCook County Circuit Court Chief Judge Timothy Evans appears to be moving ahead with his plan to hire more trial judges when they may not be needed.
Circuit Court Clerk's Staffer Reassigned Amid Gang AllegationsA man who says he was a gang member at age 13 has been reassigned from a court job at age 46, after the Chicago Crime Commission identified him as a current gang leader.
Wife Of Man Killed By Metra Train Sues For Wrongful DeathThe wife of a Joliet man struck and killed by a Metra train last year has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the rail agency and its partners.