Judicial Operations Division
The Division of Judicial Operations of Lake County performs a wide variety of functions in its support of the Courts. The Judicial Operations management team includes a Director, an Assistant Director, and five supervisory personnel. The Director reports directly to the Executive Director of the Nineteenth Judicial Circuit.
The Division of Judicial Operations focuses on the daily operations of the Courts, with an emphasis on planning and implementing the most effective use of available resources to aid the processing of cases. The seven units comprising the Judicial Operations Division are:
- Alternative Dispute Resolution
- Court Interpreters
- Court Reporting Services
- Court Research and Data
- Judicial Assistants Unit
- Jury Commission
- Kids' Korner
In addition to these integral functions, the Judicial Speaker’s Bureau is also coordinated by Judicial Operations staff.
A priority of Judicial Operations is the development of innovative ideas and programs improving the economy and efficiency of judicial resources. Such program development requires thoughtful consideration of those affected, as well as an understanding of the budget, personnel, and technology factors involved. Due to this thorough process, program development within Judicial Operations may require several months.
New programs of Judicial Operations are often implemented in segments due to cost factors, the impact on those utilizing the Courts, and the impact on stakeholders. Stakeholders include the public, the Court, Court-related entities (i.e.; state’s attorney’s office or public defender), attorneys, law enforcement, litigants (i.e.; victims or families), corporations, treatment providers, and the Court’s funding sources. Collective effort and teamwork are required in the successful development and implementation of any new program within Judicial Operations.
Finally, Judicial Operations is also involved in a number of additional projects, including the annual report, press releases, the court newsletter, Law Day activities, coordinating judicial trainings, and liaison to facilities management.