News Tag: Courts

October 17, 2022

Our Supreme Thanks and Congrats

It is an exciting time for our Illinois Supreme Court as Chief Justice Anne Burke completes her term and soon thereafter will retire after a distinguished career on the bench, Justice Mary Jane Theis becomes our new Chief Justice next week, and Justice Joy Cunningham will soon become the newest member of the Supreme Court.

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September 21, 2022

Congrats and Thanks, Judge Dickler!

This month brought the bittersweet news that Judge Grace Dickler, Presiding Judge of the Domestic Relations Division in the Circuit Court of Cook County, is retiring.

Judge Dickler has been a tremendous leader and innovator on access to justice issues throughout her nearly 35 years on the Circuit Court, culminating in her most recent Presiding Judge […]

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May 25, 2022

justicecorps 2020Illinois JusticeCorps Seeking Fellowship Applications

Going to court, whether in-person or remotely, can be an intimidating experience for people without lawyers. Being able to receive reliable and accurate information about the system is crucial and has become even more true with the ongoing changes to the court process necessitated by the pandemic. Illinois JusticeCorps, which the CBF originally pioneered and continues […]

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March 22, 2022

court buildingIllinois Supreme Court Creates Remote Proceedings Task Force

The Illinois Supreme Court last week announced a new Remote Proceedings Task Force as part of the Illinois Judicial Conference. As Chief Justice Anne M. Burke noted in the Court’s announcement, “Remote proceedings are not the wave of the future, they are our present… Illinois Courts have a long history of increasing access to justice and responding […]

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January 26, 2022

Congrats and thanks Judge Jacobius!

January brings the bittersweet news that Judge Moshe Jacobius, the longtime Presiding Judge for the Chancery Division in the Circuit Court of Cook County, is retiring at the end of the month.

Judge Jacobius has been a great leader and partner on access to justice issues throughout his more than 11 years as Presiding Judge in […]

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December 17, 2021

Your Foundation at Work in 2021

Building a Fairer and Better Justice System, Together

You continue to make a tremendous impact through your partnership with the CBF by coming together with your peers throughout our legal community to strengthen the pro bono and legal aid system and develop innovative new solutions to advance access to justice. Following are just a few examples […]

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November 23, 2021

court buildingNew Report Shows Strong Public Support for Remote Court Hearings

A new report from the National Center for State Courts (NCSC) finds strong public support for courts to continue conducting hearings remotely. Many survey participants expressed support for remote access because it makes it easier for them to participate in court matters by eliminating barriers to making it to the courthouse itself. Specifically, large numbers […]

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September 13, 2021

Welcome to the Newest Illinois JusticeCorps Fellows Cohort

Over ten years ago, the CBF pioneered Illinois JusticeCorps, an innovative program through which courthouse volunteers create a more welcoming and less intimidating environment for people without lawyers. Illinois JusticeCorps volunteers are college students and recent graduates who do this by effectively serving as docents for the court. They provide navigational assistance, referrals to legal […]

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August 2, 2021

Help Available for Both Landlords and Tenants as Eviction Moratoriums Expire

From left to right: Cook County Commissioner Scott Britton, Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle, CBF Executive Director Bob Glaves, and Carina Segalini from the office of Chief Judge Timothy C. Evans.

As state and federal moratoriums on evictions are expiring, the free services offered through the Cook County Legal Aid for Housing and Debt (CCLAHD) […]

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June 15, 2021

court buildingA Roadmap to a More Efficient and Accessible New Normal for the Courts

The CBF/Circuit Court Pro Se Advisory Committee recently submitted detailed recommendations to facilitate the permanent use of remote court appearances to improve efficiency and access in the Circuit Court of Cook County. Remote access has proven to be a game changer for improving access to justice during the pandemic, a point underscored by Illinois Supreme Court […]

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