Thursday, January 7, 2010
Some changes are planned in Chicagoland courts for the New
Year. From the
The chief judge of Cook County
Circuit Court is creating a domestic violence division to try to improve
communication among judges and ensure that abuse victims don't fall through the
Chief Judge Timothy Evans said he favors other recommendations made by a task force -- such as hiring new judges, strengthening sanctions against offenders and improving the intake of victims who turn to the court system for help. But he said he held off on those reforms until he gets more feedback from key players in the court system.
"There are no easy answers, but I want to make people safer," Evans said Tuesday.
The reforms come nearly a year after the Tribune found that certain victims had been killed by their abusers in spite of seeking legal protection and that less than one-sixth of domestic-violence cases brought each year in Cook County result in convictions.
Under the new domestic violence division to be launched in mid-January, all judges who handle domestic violence-related cases will report to a single presiding judge, Evans said.
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