For People Without Lawyers

In Court Attorney Referral Program
The Northwest Suburban Bar Association, the Chicago Bar Association and the Cook County Bar Association each provide two attorneys on their scheduled day to staff the criminal courtrooms in the Third Municipal District as “bar attorneys.”   The bar attorneys can assist unrepresented criminal defendants with their cases for a negotiated fee, often the amount of the bond posted by the defendant. 

Pro Se Court Program
Hours: Friday, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Area outside of Courtroom 206
Volunteer attorneys from the Northwest Bar Association assist pro se litigants (people without lawyers) with preparation of documents and answer general questions regarding small claims, landlord/tenant and other civil cases. 

Small Claims Mediation
Mediators from the Center for Conflict Resolution provide trained mediators to litigants in Small Claims, pro se court on Friday mornings in Courtroom 206. 

Lawyers in the Court Facilitator program offer services on Tuesday and Thursday between 10 a.m. and 12 noon to the Domestic Relations courtrooms, while other attorneys assist the Parentage/Paternity call on Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 12 noon. 

Orders of Protection
Advocates from the “Between Friends” social service agency assist petitioners seeking orders of protection daily from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and are located on the lower level of the Third Municipal District courthouse in rolling Meadows.

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