News Tag: Courts


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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May 15, 2021

samira nazemCongrats Samira!

Congratulations to Samira Nazem, CBF Associate Director of Advocacy & Programs, on being selected as the Award Recipient for the “Excellence in Community and Public Services Award” by the Clerk’s Office Asian/Pacific American Heritage Committee as part of the Clerk’s Office’s 2021 Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month Celebration. 

Samira works closely with the Circuit Court and the Clerk’s […]

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March 25, 2021

Just Because We Can Doesn’t Mean We Should, and Just Because We Should Can Never Again Mean We Can’t—Part Two

Doing a sequel is a fraught exercise. For every classic movie like the “The Godfather” or “Die Hard” that nailed it a second time, there are many more examples like “Caddyshack” and “Airplane” where an ill-advised sequel did no justice to the original masterpiece.

With knowledge of that risk, it feels particularly timely to do a follow-up to my post last May, one of the more popular ones in Bobservations history (a low bar, yes). It has only become clearer over the past ten months how critical it will be for remote access to remain a central feature of the court system for the long haul. At the same time, however, we have also learned some things during that time that will be key to making a hybrid system work effectively.

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March 15, 2021

court buildingNew Supreme Court Rule Expands the Use of Electronic Signatures

When the pandemic arrived last March, we quickly learned how much could be done remotely – remote court, remote school, remote happy hour. However, the pandemic also shined a light on some of the outdated court rules and procedures that prevented basic tasks from working well remotely.

One stark example was the limits on the use of electronic signatures on court documents. In the best of times, this would be an inefficient roadblock to access to the courts, but during the pandemic, it often forced people to put their own health and the health of others at risk or be effectively shut out of the system even in matters that could be critical to their safety and independence.

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December 21, 2020

2021 Resolution: Don’t Let the Hard-Earned Lessons of 2020 Go to Waste

If you can’t wait to put 2020 behind you and would like to send it off with an emphatic middle-finger salute, you’ve got a friend here. But for those of us who are lucky enough to have made it through this bizarro year in one piece, there is much we can and should take with us that will make the world better in 2021 and well into the future.

That’s why my 5th Annual New Year’s Resolution for the Legal Profession is to take stock of what 2020 has taught us to make for a better profession and a better system of justice going forward. And we’ve got a lot of material to work with on this front.

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November 24, 2020

cclahd logoCBF Joins Cook County, Circuit Court, and Other Partners to Launch Groundbreaking Program for Eviction and Consumer Debt Cases

A new Early Resolution Program (ERP) that will provide legal help for thousands of people in Cook County facing eviction and consumer debt issues was officially launched yesterday at a press conference hosted by the County.

The program is part of a broader new initiative for housing and debt issues, Cook County Legal Aid for Housing […]

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November 18, 2020

Our Supreme Thanks and Congrats

It is a time of significant transitions on the Illinois Supreme Court as Justice Tom Kilbride and Justice Lloyd Karmeier will soon complete distinguished terms on the Court, and Justices David Overstreet and Robert Carter prepare to become the Court’s newest Justices.

We thank Justices Kilbride and Karmeier for their impressive commitment to equal access to […]

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September 16, 2020

justicecorps using language lineNew Illinois JusticeCorps Court Information Helpline Launches

The Illinois JusticeCorps program is proud to announce the launch of its new Court Information Helpline – a phone resource created to aid people without lawyers trying to access the courts during the ongoing pandemic. The helpline now serves as one central location for unrepresented litigants to call for legal information and resource referrals for […]

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