GENERAL ORDER NO. 18.10 - Suggested Procedures for Juvenile Detention Hearings


In multiple arrest cases, the following procedures should be used whenever practicable:

A. The Court shall summon the juvenile to the bar and place the juvenile under oath;

B. The State's Attorney of Cook County shall file a petition, together with one copy thereof, alleging that the juvenile is delinquent, otherwise in need of supervision, neglected or dependent;

C. The Court shall inform the juvenile of the allegations contained in the petition and shall furnish the juvenile a copy of the petition;

D. The Court shall advise the juvenile of the juvenile's right to counsel;

E. If the juvenile is without counsel, the Court shall appoint the Public Defender of Cook County to represent the juvenile;

F. If the juvenile requests counsel other than the Public Defender of Cook County, the Court shall appoint a member of the Chicago Bar Association Volunteer Lawyers Committee to represent the juvenile;

G. All attorneys appearing on behalf of a juvenile shall file their written appearances with the Court. Appointed counsel other than the Public Defender of Cook County may file a detention hearing appearance for the sole purpose of representing the juvenile in a detention hearing as provided in the Juvenile Court Act of 1987 as amended;

H. The juvenile shall have a reasonable opportunity to confer with an attorney before the detention hearing shall commence. If the juvenile or the juvenile's attorney requests additional time, the Court shall pass the case and summon the next juvenile to the bar;

I. When the hearing is resumed, the State's Attorney of Cook County shall advise the Court of the facts surrounding the juvenile being taken into custody as well as any other information concerning the juvenile relevant to the issue of detention;

J. The juvenile or the juvenile's attorney shall have ample opportunity to advise the Court of any additional information concerning the juvenile relevant to the issue of detention;

K. If the Court finds after a full hearing that it is a matter of immediate and urgent necessity for the protection of the juvenile or of the person or property of another that the juvenile be detained or that the juvenile is likely to flee the jurisdiction of the Court, the Court shall order that the juvenile be detained at the Juvenile Temporary Detention Center, 1100 South Hamilton, Chicago, or at any suitable place designated by the Presiding Judge of the Juvenile Justice Division, until the juvenile's next Court appearance;

L. If the Court finds after a full hearing that it is not a matter of immediate and urgent necessity for the protection of the juvenile or of the person or property of another that the juvenile be detained or that the juvenile is likely to flee the jurisdiction of the Court, the Court shall order that the juvenile be released to the custody of the juvenile's parent, guardian, legal custodian or responsible relative;

M. Where no parent, guardian, legal custodian or responsible relative appears to whose custody the juvenile may be released, the Court may order that the juvenile be temporarily detained at the Juvenile Temporary Detention Center, 1100 South Hamilton, Chicago, or at any suitable place designated by the Presiding Judge of the Juvenile Justice Division until such time as a parent, guardian, legal custodian or responsible relative shall appear to assume custody of the juvenile.

N. The Court shall set the adjudicatory hearing on the petition for a date certain returnable to an assigned calendar of the Juvenile Justice Division.

[Amended, effective August 1, 1996.]