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NCJ Number: 31487 Find in a Library
Title: REPORT OF COOK COUNTY COURT WATCHING PROJECT TO ILLINOIS LAW ENFORCEMENT COMMISSION, 1974-1975
Corporate Author: League of Women Voters of Illinois
United States of America
Project Director: B FENOGLIO
Date Published: 1975
Page Count: 45
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: PROJECT TO IDENTIFY, THROUGH THE EYES OF TRAINED CITIZEN MONITORS, PROBLEMS IN THE LOWER CRIMINAL COURTS THAT MIGHT BE ALLEVIATED OR SOLVED THROUGH SYSTEMIC CHANGE.
Abstract: DURING THE FIVE MONTHS OF THIS PROJECT, FEBRUARY THROUGH JUNE OF 1975, SOME 130 TRAINED VOLUNTEERS MONITORED SIX LOWER CRIMINAL COURTS IN CHICAGO AND THE COOK COUNTY SUBURBS, VIEWING A TOTAL OF 43 DIFFERENT JUDGES. DATA ON MORE THAN 26,000 PROCEEDINGS, COLLECTED BETWEEN MARCH 3 AND MAY 16, PROVIDE THE BASIS FOR THIS REPORT. SPECIFIC PROBLEMS IDENTIFIED BY COURT WATCHERS WERE CONFUSION ON THE ASSEMBLY LINE, CONTINUANCES ON DEMAND, SOME INJUDICIOUS JUDGES, RUDE BAILIFFS, OVERBURDENED PUBLIC DEFENDERS, LACK OF INTERPRETERS, AND PROSECUTION OF VICTIMLESS CRIME. EACH OF THESE PROBLEMS ARE DISCUSSED IN DETAIL WITH REFERENCES TO INDIVIDUAL COURTS. MONITORS' REPORTS WERE ASSESSED BY THE PROJECT'S COOK COUNTY STEERING COMMITTEE AND ITS PROBLEM-BY-PROBLEM RECOMMENDATIONS FOR IMPROVING THE COURTS ARE ALSO PRESENTED, ALONG WITH COMMENTS FROM PRESIDING JUDGES AND THE CIRCUIT CLERK. APPENDED ARE SAMPLE PROJECT DATA SHEETS, PROFILE INFORMATION ON THE MONITORS, AND THE NAMES OF THE PERSONS SERVING ON THE PROJECT STEERING COMMITTEE.
Index Term(s): Court reorganization; Illinois; Management; Volunteer programs
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