Jurors are allowed to bring cell phones and electronic devices into any Circuit Court of Cook County court facility. Please have your summons available at the court facility’s security checkpoint to verify your jury service. If you have misplaced your summons, please call (773) 674-3129 between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. at least one business day prior to your service date to have a replacement summons faxed or e-mailed to you. Cell phones and electronic devices may be used only in the jury assembly room and in areas away from the courtrooms.
The complete list of exemptions follows:
1. disabled persons, as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act, whose disabilities necessitate the use of an electronic device to communicate and who are permitted by the Court Disabilities Coordinator or court order to possess and use such devices in the court facility, including the courtrooms;
2. current or former judges;
3. licensed attorneys;
4. authorized employees of attorneys;
5. members of the news media. Upon approval by the Illinois Supreme Court of the Circuit Court of Cook County’s application to participate in extended media coverage, approval by the trial judge presiding, and subject to denial or limitation by the chief circuit judge, pursuant to the Illinois Supreme Court=s Policy for Extended Media Coverage in the Circuit Courts of Illinois, Ill. S. Ct., M.R. 2634 (eff. Jan. 24, 2012), members of the news media may also use their electronic devices in the courtroom to communicate with news media colleagues, provided court is not in session.
6. local, state, and federal law enforcement officers;
7. employees of any local, state, or federal government agencies and/or offices;
8. any person reporting for jury duty pursuant to summons. Individuals selected for jury service are also subject to the order(s) of the trial judge presiding, who may make orders as to the possession or use of electronic devices by potential or sworn jurors during trial sessions and deliberations.
9. building and maintenance tradespeople, equipment repair persons, and vendors with proper authorization for whom such devices are necessary in the performance of their job;
10. domestic violence advocates or counselors as defined by 750 ILCS 60/227(a)(2);
11. persons who are present at the court facility to obtain civil orders of protection as defined in Part 22 of the Rules of the Circuit Court of Cook County or to attend court proceedings related to the incident(s) underlying the order of protection or other proceedings;
12. participants in a domestic violence assistance program, as defined and identified by the Presiding Judge of the Domestic Violence Division;
13. persons required by court order or the sheriff to wear an electronic monitoring device;
14. parties to orders of protection, as defined in Part 22 of the Rules of the Circuit Court of Cook County, who are furnished with or required to carry global positioning (GPS) devices;
15. any other person or category of persons authorized by order of court to possess an electronic device as defined above in the court facility.
The persons described above must have proper identification and be on official business in the courthouse. Social visits and business for the purpose of addressing one=s own private, personal interests are not considered to be official business. They may use the telephone, SMS (short message service) texting, instant messaging, email, and word processing functions of a cell phone or other electronic device only in the public areas of the courthouse outside the courtrooms. These electronic devices must remain off when in courtrooms, unless otherwise expressly permitted by the judge presiding.