23.1 Purpose and Policy


(A) These rules set forth procedures for the Elder Law and Miscellaneous Remedies Division of the circuit court of Cook County. The rules supplement the Elder Abuse and Neglect Act, the Code of Civil Procedure, the Code of Criminal Procedure of 1963, and the Rules of the Illinois Supreme Court, and are designed to facilitate the adjudication of cases heard in the Elder Law and Miscellaneous Remedies Division of the circuit court of Cook County.

(B) These procedures are designed to accomplish the following:

(1) maintain effective judicial oversight in cases involving elderly persons;

(2) maintain effective coordination of related cases involving elderly persons;

(3) minimize delays in court proceedings involving elderly persons;

(4) heighten awareness of factors that may impede the rights of elderly persons; and

(5) a full, fair, and meaningful opportunity for all participants to be heard.

(C) These rules shall be liberally construed to accomplish the above goals.

(D)  These rules incorporate the above-referenced statutes and rules as they may be amended from time to time.

(E) Except as determined by the Chief Judge, administrative operations and ancillary services of the Division will be located primarily at the Daley Center, 50 W. Washington St., Chicago.  Except as otherwise directed by judges with judicial and administrative responsibilities for a particular case, criminal cases will be heard at the Leighton Criminal Court Building, 2600 S. California Ave., Chicago, IL; domestic violence cases will be heard at the courthouse at 555 W. Harrison St., Chicago; and other civil cases will be heard at the Daley Center as ordered by the court.

Dated this 29th day of August, 2013, effective immediately. This Rule shall be spread upon the records of this Court and published.

ADOPTED BY A MAJORITY OF THE JUDGES OF

THE CIRCUIT COURT OF COOK COUNTY.