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Chief Judge Evans announces Annual Puerto Rican Heritage Day Courthouse Tour

Released On 05/14/2007

Chief Judge Timothy C. Evans announced the Circuit Court of Cook County Annual Puerto Rican Heritage Day Courthouse Tour of the Richard J. Daley Center, 50 West Washington Street, Chicago, will take place on Wednesday, June 13, 2007. Co-sponsoring the tour is the Puerto Rican Bar Association.

The tour offers the public a sense of the day-to-day operations of one of the nation’s largest unified court systems. Highlights of the tour include a visit to a courtroom to observe a trial in progress, an informal presentation by a Circuit Court judge and a meeting with bar association representatives.

Tour participants receive a copy of the court’s informational guide, translated into Spanish, which outlines the structure of the Circuit Court of Cook County, explains the basics of trial proceedings, and includes a directory of court and county services.

The Circuit Court of Cook County Annual Puerto Rican Heritage Day Courthouse Tour is part of the court’s year-round Community Heritage Month Courthouse Tour series which combines public education activities with national and local observances marking racial and ethnic diversity. Tours are also held during Black History Month, Women’s History Month, National Latino/Hispanic Heritage Month, Italian Heritage Month, Arab Heritage Month, Polish Heritage Month, and Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. The tours have been attended by thousands of Cook County residents.

Individuals or groups planning on attending the Circuit Court of Cook County Annual Puerto Rican Heritage Day Courthouse Tour may contact Milissa Pacelli, of the Circuit Court of Cook County’s Public Affairs Office, at 312.603.1927 on or before Monday, June 11, 2007. The tour is limited to persons age ten and older, with a maximum of 35 persons to a group. Reservations are recommended. The tour will depart at 10 a.m. from the Daley Center’s west lobby located on the Randolph and Clark Street side of the building.

For more information about courthouse tours and other programs and services of the Circuit Court of Cook County, visit www.cookcountycourt.org.

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