Felony Preliminary Hearings

(Effective January 7, 2019)

A felony preliminary hearing is a pretrial proceeding in which a judge determines whether there is probable cause to believe a felony was committed and, if so, whether there is probable cause to believe that it was the defendant who committed the felony. 

When there is a finding of probable cause, the case is sent to the Presiding Judge of the Criminal Division for assignment to a trial court.  

Felony offenses include Felony Narcotic Dangerous Drugs and Cannabis Offenses.   

Note: Effective December 10, 2018, Preliminary Hearings for the following felony offenses are no longer heard in the 1st Municipal District Preliminary Hearing Branch Courts as they are now heard in the Pretrial Division located at the Leighton Courthouse:  Homicide, Felony Sex Offenses, Attempted Murder of a Police Officer, Juveniles charged as an adult with a felony offense, Felony Sex Offender Registration Offenses, Fugitive Warrants and  Felony traffic offenses

In the First Municipal District (Chicago), the branch numbers and locations in which felony preliminary hearings conducted are:

Branch 38, Felony Preliminary Hearings
727 East 111th Street, 1st Floor
Chicago, Illinois 60628
Phone: (773) 982-3035

Court Schedule:

9 a.m.              Court Call 2    Chicago Police Department arrests made:

          • In Districts 3, 4 and 5
          • By Area South Bureau of Detectives –   Unit 620,
          • By Unit 212 and Unit 312
          • By Gang Section Area South

1 p.m.              Court Call 4    Chicago Police Department arrests made:

          • In Districts 6 and 7
          • By University of Chicago Police

 

2:30 p.m.         Court Call 5    Chicago Police Department arrests made:

          • In Districts 8 and 22

Branch 44, Felony Preliminary Hearings
3150 West Flournoy Street, 1st Floor
Chicago, Illinois 60612
Phone: (773) 265-8927

Court Schedule:

9 a.m.              Court Call 2    Chicago Police Department arrests made:

          • In Districts 2, 9 and 11
          • By Central Area Bureau of Detectives - Unit 610
          • By Gang Section - Unit 311  
          • By Bureau of Patrol -Unit 211
          • By Mobile Strike Force – Unit 153
          • By Bureau of Organized Crime – Unit 188
          • By Narcotics - Unit 189

1 p.m.              Court Call 4    Chicago Police Department arrests made:

          • In Districts 1, 10, 12, and 13
          • By Bomb and Arson Section - 603
          • By Vice Control Section – Unit 192

Skokie, Felony Preliminary Hearings
5600 Old Orchard Road
Skokie, Illinois 60077
Phone:  (847) 470-7675

Court Schedule:

9 a.m.              Court Call V    Chicago Police Department arrests made: 

          • In Districts 18, 19, 20, and 24
          • By unit 213 and Unit 313
          • By Public Transportation Section 701
          • By North Area Bureau of Detectives  - Unit 630
          • By Marine Unit 059 

10:30 a.m.        Court Call X    Chicago Police Department arrests made:

          • In Districts 14, 15, 16, 17, and 25    

See below for Branch addresses:

Branch 38
727 East 111th Street, 1st Floor
Chicago, Illinois 60628
Phone:  (773) 982-3033 

 

Branch 44
3150 West Flournoy Street, 1st Floor
Chicago, Illinois 60612
Phone:  (773) 265-8915 

Skokie 5600 Old Orchard Road
Skokie, Illinois 60077
Phone:  (847) 470-7675

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