Leighton Criminal Court Building
Court 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.
Plans to charge motorists a daily fee at the city’s criminal courthouse garage and suburban facilities are “on hold” at the moment, but there’s a possibility that personnel and other visitors may have to shell out the bucks for parking later this year.
If you have to be at the Criminal Court building at 26th and California today, you’re advised to leave your cellphone at home or in your car.
Cook County Chief Judge Timothy Evans on Friday defended the decision to begin implementing a ban on cell phones and other electronic communication at courthouses, saying he’s concerned about witnesses being intimidated, or worse.
Following a three-month grace period, Cook County will begin phasing in a ban on cell phones and other Internet-capable electronic devices at courthouses next week, starting with the Leighton Criminal Court Building at 26th and California.
The Cook County Criminal Courthouse may soon be getting a new name.