FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Chief Judge Evans announces dates for court's annual Asian Pacific American Month Courthouse Tours
Released On 05/03/2002
Cook County Chief Judge Timothy C. Evans today announced the Annual Circuit Court of Cook County Asian Pacific American Heritage Month Courthouse Tours will be held on Thursday, May 30, 2002, and Friday, May 31, 2002, at the Richard J. Daley Center, 50 West Washington Street in Chicago. Joining the Circuit Court of Cook County in cosponsoring the tours are the Asian American Bar Association of the Greater Chicago Area., the Chinese American Bar Association, the Filipino-American Bar Association, the Indian American Bar Association, and the Korean American Bar Association
"The heritage tour series underscores the court's commitment to increasing minority access to the court," said Chief Judge Evans. "One sure way in which we increase that access is to provide residents of Cook County's ethnic and minority communities with a firsthand opportunity to expand their knowledge of court facilities, personnel, and procedures," said Chief Judge Evans.
Highlights of the Asian Pacific American Heritage Month Courthouse Tour include a visit to the Jury Assembly Room, a visit to a courtroom to observe a trial in progress, and a meeting with a judge for an informal presentation. Tour participants also receive a copy of the court's information guide 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 guide will be provided in English, and also in Chinese and Korean translations.
The Circuit Court of Cook County Asian Pacific American Heritage Month 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. Initiated in 1999, the tour series are also held during Arab Heritage Month, Black History Month, Italian Heritage Month, Latino/Hispanic Heritage Month, and on Puerto Rican Heritage Day. The tours have been attended by hundreds of Cook County residents.
Individuals and groups planning on attending the Asian Pacific American Heritage Month Courthouse Tour may contact the Circuit Court of Cook County's Public Affairs Office at (312) 603-1927 on or before May 29, 2002. The tour will depart at 10:00 a.m. from the Daley Center's west lobby located on the Clark Street side.
For more information about other courthouse tours and general information on the Circuit Court of Cook County, visit www.cookcountycourt.org.