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COLLABORATION FOR JUSTICE

Chicago Council of Lawyers and the Chicago Appleseed Fund for Justice

A member of the Chicago Council of Lawyers (Council) is part of the Collaboration for Justice – the joint effort of the Council and the Chicago Appleseed Fund for Justice to bring about systemic reform of the justice system. The Council is the lawyer organization which focuses on advocating for a fair and efficient administration of justice. Chicago Appleseed Fund for Justice is a nonpartisan and independent research and advocacy organization which focuses on remedying systemic injustice affecting vulnerable populations within our courts. Together, the two organizations comprise the Collaboration for Justice – working to investigate the causes of systemic injustice in our courts, proposing effective solutions, and working for their implementation. Read More...


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Appellate Court Orders Hearings Before Bond Money is Taken, Review of Fines, Fees, and Costs

 

Last month, the Appellate Court of Illinois in the First District handed down a decision in Illinois v. Glass that reinforces the urgent need for reform regarding some of the primary avenue through which Illinois courts collect money from criminal defendants. In a ruling delivered by Justice Mikva, the Court reiterated that a defendant’s posted… Continue Reading

New Court Policy to Provide Public Defenders in Police Stations

 

Last week, the Cook County Court took an important step forward in ensuring Chicagoans arrested by CPD are able to exercise their constitutional right to an attorney. Cook County Chief Judge Timothy Evans signed General Administrative Order No. 2017-01 that enables people in the custody of Chicago Police Department to have access to an attorney… Continue Reading

Judicial Evaluation Results

 

Thank you to those of you who used the evaluations of the Chicago Council of Lawyers to help you vote for qualified judges in the November 2016 general election.  There were some contested races to fill judicial vacancies, although most judicial elections being decided in the November 2016 general election were uncontested.  In addition, there… Continue Reading

Chicago Council of Lawyers Releases Judicial Evaluations

 

The Chicago Council of Lawyers has released its judicial evaluations for the November 2016 election.  The Council provides a written report providing short biographies and the reasons for its findings, both for judges seeking retention and for candidates who won their March 2016 primary and are seeking to fill a judicial vacancy in the November 2016 election.  The Committee to… Continue Reading