CHICAGO (AP) — Starting next month, the Circuit Court of Cook County will hold juvenile probable cause hearings on holidays and weekends.
Chief Judge Timothy Evans announced the change Friday.READ MORE: 1 Killed, 4 Injured In Evanston Shooting
It is in response to a federal lawsuit filed last month by four parents who contended the county violated the constitutional rights of juveniles who spent more than two days in the Juvenile Temporary Detention Center waiting for a hearing.READ MORE: At Least 40 People Wounded, 3 Killed In Thanksgiving Weekend Shootings In Chicago
Cook County holds hearings for adults 365 days a year. The county says its previous practice of limiting of juvenile hearings to weekdays was in compliance with state law and that other counties do the same.
Judge Evans said in a written statement Friday that the county treats “juveniles humanely, with due process and with respect.”MORE NEWS: Wolfpack Junior Football Team Needs Funds To Compete For National Championship In Florida
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