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Title: HOW TO WATCH A COURT - ILLINOIS COURT WATCHING PROJECT
Author(s): M N BORISH; B FENOGLIO
Corporate Author: League of Women Voters of Illinois
United States of America
Date Published: 1975
Page Count: 57
Sponsoring Agency: Illinois Law Enforcement Cmssn (see Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority)

League of Women Voters of Illinois
Chicago, IL 60603
National Institute of Justice/
Rockville, MD 20849
Sale Source: National Institute of Justice/
NCJRS paper reproduction
Box 6000, Dept F
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America
Document: PDF
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: THIS HANDBOOK PROVIDES IMPORTANT REFERENCE MATERIALS ON CLASSIFICATION OF OFFENSES, COURT ISSUES, AND THE DUTIES, ORGANIZATION, AND JURISDICTION OF THE ILLINOIS COURTS; A CHECKLIST ON HOW TO WATCH A COURT IS ALSO INCLUDED.
Abstract: COURT WATCHING IS A COMMUNITY PROGRAM WHICH INVOLVES USING TRAINED VOLUNTEERS TO COLLECT DATA ON THE COURTS AND RECOMMEND AREAS OF IMPORVEMENT. THE ILLINOIS COURT WATCH PROGRAM WAS DESIGNED TO MONITOR COURTS IN PILOT PROJECTS IN FOUR ILLINOIS COUNTIES. MISDEMEANOR COURTS WERE CHOSEN AS THE TARGET OF THE FIRST YEAR'S PROJECT THIS HANDBOOK PROVIDES INFORMATION WHICH COULD BE OF VALUE TO VOLUNTEER COURT WATCHERS. AMONG THE AREAS COVERED ARE THE HISTORY AND STRUCTURE OF ILLINOIS COURTS; JUDICIAL PERSONNEL AND THEIR ROLES; THE CRIMINAL LAWS ON MISDEMEANOR OFFENSES; TYPES OF MISDEMEANOR OFFENSES; PROCEDURES USED IN PROSECUTING MISDEMEANORS; STANDARDS FOR COURT FACILITIES AND SERVICES; AND STANDARDS OF JUDICIAL CONDUCT. ISSUES INVOLVING POOR COURT FACILITIES, DECRIMINALIZATION OF VICTIMLESS CRIMES, PLEA BARGAINING, AND TREATMENT OF DEFENDANTS ARE OUTLINED. GENERAL PROCEDURAL GUIDELINES FOR COURT WATCHERS ARE PROVIDED AS WELL.
Index Term(s): Citizen associations; Community involvement; Court of limited jurisdiction; Illinois; Reference materials; Reform; Trial procedures; Volunteer programs
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