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    CHIEF JUDGE STATEMENT ON PASSING OF FORMER JUDGE CHARLES F. SCOTT

    I am sad to announce that former Lake County Chief Judge Charles F. Scott passed away in Florida, on October 10, 2017. Judge Scott was appointed as an Associate Judge on ... Additional Info...
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    JUROR APPRECIATION WEEK (PDF)

    The week of October 10-13, 2017 has been declared “Juror Appreciation Week” by the judges of the Nineteenth Judicial Circuit. Trial by jury is an essential part of every American’s birthright... Additional Info...
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    CONSTITUTION DAY CEREMONY (PDF)

    The judges of the Nineteenth Judicial Circuit in partnership with the Lake County Bar Association and the Lake County Bar Foundation celebrated the 230th Anniversary of the United States Constitution with a ceremony... Additional Info...
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    LAKE COUNTY PROBATION VOLUNTEER PROGRAM ANNUAL RECOGNITION DINNER (PDF)

    The annual Lake County Probation Volunteer Program Recognition Dinner took place on Wednesday, August 30th, 2017 at the Café Willow in the College of Lake County. Probation volunteers... Additional Info...
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    ICE ARRESTS THREATEN TO CHILL ACCESS TO JUSTICE

    Illinois Supreme Court Chief Justice Lloyd A. Karmeier's article posted on the Illinois Courts Connect website - "Since the beginning of this year, state court officials, primarily from the western part of the United States, have begun reporting.." Read on...
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    NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT'S KIDS' KORNER 50,000 KIDS CELEBRATION (PDF)

    An important milestone was achieved on Friday, August 18 at 1:30 p.m. when Kids’ Korner, a children’s waiting room located in the Lake County Courthouse, officially reached the 50,000th child cared for since opening their doors in 1994. Additional Info...
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    JUVENILE JUDGE SWEARS IN NEW CASA VOLUNTEERS TO LAKE COUNTY’S JUVENILE COURT

    Supervising Juvenile Judge Valerie Boettle Ceckowski swore in eight CASA volunteers, Court Appointed Special Advocates, at the new Robert W. Depke Juvenile Justice Complex, in Vernon Hills. Additional Info...
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    ASSOCIATE JUDGE ELIZABETH ROCHFORD ELECTED SECRETARY OF ILLINOIS STATE BAR ASSOCIATION

    Elizabeth M. Rochford, an Associate Judge of the 19th Judicial Circuit in Lake County, was elected Secretary of the Illinois State Bar Association (ISBA). Rochford is serving in her second term on the ISBA Board of Governors, and was unanimously elected.. Read on..
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    VETERANS HISTORY PROJECT

    Veterans are invited to attend the Veterans History Project on November 10, 2017 to share their wartime experiences. Registration is required. Additional Info...
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    LAKE COUNTY CELEBRATES ROBERT W. DEPKE JUVENILE COMPLEX EXPANSION

    On Monday, July 17, 2017, the 19th Judicial Circuit Court and the Lake County Board celebrated the Robert W. Depke Juvenile Complex Expansion in Vernon Hills. The celebration was highlighted by a ribbon cutting ceremony... Additional Info...
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    LAKE COUNTY JUDGES SERVE ILLINOIS JUDGES ORGANIZATIONS

    Four judges from the 19th Judicial Circuit serve the Illinois Judges Association, a professional association for judges in Illinois. Circuit Judge Margaret J. Mullen was elected to serve as 2d Vice-President of the Illinois Judges Association .. Additional Info...
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    NINETEENTH CIRCUIT ELECTS NEXT CHIEF JUDGE

    According to local Circuit Court rules, an election of a Chief Judge shall occur on or before the 30th day of June in the year preceding the year that the Circuit Judge begins his/her term. Additional Info...
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    Supreme Court Policy Statement for Pretrial Services

    The Illinois Supreme Court has adopted a statewide policy statement for pretrial services… in Illinois. "This policy statement seeks to serve as a guide for all of our trial courts," Illinois Supreme Court Chief Justice Lloyd A. Karmeier said. Additional Info...
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    CHIEF JUDGE ATTENDS COURT TOWER SIGNING EVENT

    On April 11, 2017, Chief Judge Jorge L. Ortiz signed the last beam to be placed in the Lake County Courthouse expansion project. The project broke ground in 2016. Completion of the 8-story 200,000 square foot justice center is expected in spring of 2018. Additional Info...
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    Announcing a New Local Court Rule for a Financial Experts List

    The Chief Judge is authorized to establish a list of qualified financial experts or other professionals in accordance with the provisions and standards set forth in the attached Rule. The list shall be known as the Financial Experts List. Additional Info...