Tuesday, March 28, 2017

On-call attorneys now available for consultations in Chicago police stations

Chief Judge signs order to provide free lawyers for arrestees in CPD custody
On-call attorneys now available for consultations in police stations

Currently, the vast majority of arrestees do not receive legal representation until their first court appearance, which is for a bail hearing. 

The order signed by Chief Judge Evans designates the Law Office of the Cook County Public Defender to send one of its attorneys to the police station or designate a volunteer private attorney to attend in place of an assistant public defender. In 2015, 89 percent of defendants in the Circuit Court of Cook County were represented by the Law Office of the Cook County Public Defender.

Arrestees will have access to assistant public defenders on Mondays through Fridays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Volunteer attorneys from First Defense Legal Aid will assist individuals during all other hours and on weekends and holidays.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Under the new Illinois statute, child support is calculated by determining the gross income of each parent.Then, with appropriate calculations, the incomes of each parent are then tax affected to determine the individual and total net income of the family. These calculations are usually performed by implementing software programs such as “Family Law Software,” used  by many judges on their desktop computers. Once that total number is determined, there will be a published chart that will allow the parties and their attorneys to cross reference the amount of total child support that is found to be applicable to a given family at that income level, and for a given number of children. That total amount is then allocated depending on the percentage of income that each parent contributes to the total.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

High court allows judges to consider racial bias in jury room

The Supreme Court took a strong new stand against racial bias in jury rooms, ruling for the first time that reports of racist comments by jurors may require setting aside a verdict and holding a new trial.

Monday, March 6, 2017

Cook County prosecutors will not oppose the release of those held on non-violent offenses who cannot come up with small cash bonds. Keeping many nonviolent offenders behind bars crowds the jail.