Juvenile Justice Division

Overview

The Juvenile Justice Division of the Juvenile Justice and Child Protection Department is established pursuant to the Circuit Court of Cook County General Order 1.2,2.2(a).

The Juvenile Justice Division has an array of services that can be ordered by the court to help rehabilitate the minor. These services are monitored by the court's Juvenile Probation and Court Services Department. These services are designed to protect the community, impose accountability for delinquent behavior, and equip minors with competencies to live responsibly and productively.

Main Location & Contact Information
Cook County Juvenile Center
2245 W. Ogden Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60612
Main
(312) 433-4757
Fax
(312) 433-6591
Office of the Presiding Judge - Suite 8004

Case Types

The Juvenile Justice Division hears cases involving delinquent minors under 18 years of age. A delinquent youth is any minor who, prior to his or her 18th birthday, has violated any federal or state law, county or municipal ordinance. The Juvenile Justice Division has an array of services that can be ordered by the Court to help rehabilitate the minor. These services are monitored by the Cook County Juvenile Probation Department. Cases heard in the Juvenile Justice Division include:

  • Proceedings to determine if a minor has violated any federal or state law, county or municipal ordinance
  • Proceedings for minors addicted to alcohol or drugs
  • Proceedings for minors requiring authoritative intervention (runaways or those beyond the control of a parent, guardian or custodian 

Judges Information

This section provides a short list of judges serving in the Juvenile Justice Division together with their courtroom location, room number, and telephone number. Click into each judge’s page to view their standing orders (if the judge has a standing order). Click “view all judges” to see a list of all Judges assigned to the Juvenile Justice Division.
Judge Assignment Primary Location Phone
Cooper, Donna L.
Circuit Judge
Presiding
Juvenile Justice Division, Restorative Justice Community Courts
Cook County Juvenile Center
Room 8004
(312) 433-4757
Bowden, Darron E.
Associate Judge
Juvenile Justice Division
Markham Courthouse
Courtroom 99
(312) 433-4757
Frausto-Sandoval, Beatriz
Circuit Judge
Juvenile Justice Division
Cook County Juvenile Center
(312) 433-4757
Jones, Daryl J.
Circuit Judge
Juvenile Justice Division First Municipal District - Chicago
Cook County Juvenile Center
Courtroom 10
(312) 433-4757
Lubin, Stuart F.
Circuit Judge
Juvenile Justice Division
Cook County Juvenile Center
Courtroom 11
(312) 433-4757
Mendoza, Patricia
Associate Judge
Juvenile Justice Division
Cook County Juvenile Center
Courtroom 4
(312) 433-4757
Mulroe, John G.
Circuit Judge
Juvenile Justice Division
Cook County Juvenile Center
Courtroom 3
(312) 433-4757

Additional Locations

Juvenile Temporary Detention Center
1100 S. Hamilton Street
Chicago, Illinois 60612
Main
(312) 433-7102
Skokie Courthouse
5600 Old Orchard Road
Skokie, Illinois 60077
Rolling Meadows Courthouse
2121 Euclid Avenue
Rolling Meadows, Illinois 60008
Bridgeview Courthouse
10220 S. 76th Avenue
Bridgeview, Illinois 60455
Markham Courthouse
16501 S. Kedzie Parkway
Markham, Illinois 60428

Additional Information

    • To protect citizens and the community from crimes committed by young people.
    • To hold youth who commit crimes accountable for their actions.
    • To provide individualized assessments to rehabilitate and prevent further delinquent behavior through the development of educational, vocational, social, emotional and basic life skills which enable youth to grow and mature.
    • To provide youth and all other interested parties fair hearings at which legal rights are recognized and enforced.

    The court process begins with the filing of a petition. A petition is a legal document that requests that a juvenile court judge declare a child to be a ward of the court because the child is delinquent, or requires authoritative intervention, or is addicted to drugs. Declaring a child to be a ward of the court means that juvenile court has authority or jurisdiction over a child in a similar way that a wise and fair parent has authority over his or her child. Once a petition is filed, a court hearing is held. Juvenile court hearings are formal procedures where a judge hears various aspects of the case presented by the parties so that an appropriate decision can be made by the judge.

    If you are involved in a juvenile justice court proceeding, you have the following rights and responsibilities:
     

    • The right to be notified of the court proceeding and the right to be present at any court hearing.
    • The right to an attorney. If you cannot afford to hire an attorney, an attorney will may be appointed to represent you at no cost. If you can afford to contribute toward the cost of the attorney, the court may order you to reimburse the county for all or part of the expense. You must be represented by an attorney in court.
    • If you are charged with a crime, you have the right to remain silent and do not have to prove that you are innocent. The State has to prove you guilty of the crime charged beyond a reasonable doubt.
    • The right to a trial or hearing and the right to cross-examine witnesses.
    • The right to be heard and to present evidence relevant to your case. You may use the subpoena power of the court to command witnesses to appear in court on your behalf.
    • The right to examine relevant court files and records.
    • The right to be provided with the services of an interpreter, if needed.