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The Hon. David Navarro named new acting presiding judge of the Pretrial Division

Released On 11/01/2021

Starting today, the Hon. David Navarro is the new acting presiding judge of the Pretrial Division, according to Chief Judge Timothy C. Evans. 

Judge Navarro, who had previously served as supervising judge of the division, was first appointed to the bench by the Illinois Supreme Court in May 2017 and was elected in November 2018. 

“Judge Navarro has shown tremendous dedication and skill in his years in the Pretrial Division, including as a supervising judge, and I am confident that he will succeed in this new leadership role,” said Judge Evans. 

Before his appointment to the judiciary, Judge Navarro had been chief of the Public Integrity Bureau at the Illinois Attorney General’s office. He also has served as an assistant state’s attorney for Cook County. He is a graduate of the University of Iowa College of Law, and received his undergraduate degree from the University of Chicago. 

“I am humbled by the appointment and will do my best to serve the citizens of Cook County,” Judge Navarro said. 

Judge Navarro is on the board of directors of the Hispanic Lawyers Association of Illinois and the Illinois Latino Judges Association. He is also an adjunct faculty member at the Loyola University School of Law, where he teaches trial practice. 

The Pretrial Division conducts the initial proceedings in various criminal cases, and is in session every day of the year, including weekends and court holidays. Judge Navarro replaces former Pretrial Division Presiding Judge John P. Kirby, who has moved to the Law Division. 

The Hon. Mary C. Marubio has been named the new supervising judge of the Pretrial Division. Both Judge Navarro and Judge Marubio have been in the Pretrial Division since it was established in September 2017. 

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