Circuit Court to begin weekend juvenile hearings

Released On 10/07/2016

The Circuit Court of Cook County will start holding weekend and holiday hearings for detained juveniles, Chief Judge Timothy C. Evans announced today.

The Circuit Court previously followed the practice – in compliance with state law that other counties in the state have also followed – of holding the hearings only on weekdays. The new weekend and holiday hearings will begin on November 5, 2016 and be held at 11 a.m. at the Juvenile Center, 1100 S. Hamilton Ave.

“Cook County established the first juvenile court in the nation in 1899, and we are continuing to treat juveniles humanely, with due process and with respect.” Chief Judge Evans said. “I look forward to moving forward in the best interest of our juveniles.”

Please note that the hearings at issue in this matter are different from adult bond hearings. By statute, these proceedings are referred to as detention hearings, in which the juvenile held in custody shall be afforded an initial appearance for a determination of whether there is probable cause to charge the juvenile with a violation of law; a determination of the juvenile’s custody status; and the scheduling of future court appearances.

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