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Tue, 06/23/2020

The suit filed by the Cook County public defenders office and several activist groups accuses the Chicago Police Department of a “long record” of denying these rights to arrestees.


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Mon, 06/08/2020

“There are too many people who just take the words of the officers and do not listen to the accused,” public defender Ashley Shambley told marchers.


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Fri, 06/05/2020

Former President Barack Obama urged American mayors to take action at the local level to heal relations between police departments and black communities in a virtual town hall Wednesday. Cook County public defender Amy Campanelli joined Good Day with some insight on what that should look like.


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Mon, 05/18/2020

The Law Office of the Cook County Public Defender has received numerous calls in recent weeks from individuals who were contacted by someone claiming to be an attorney from our office and soliciting money in exchange for providing legal representation to those individuals’ loved ones. Please be advised that this is a scam and any such calls should be reported to a local law enforcement agency. Under no circumstances would anyone from the Cook County Public Defender’s Office ask for payment of any kind for legal representation.

If you or someone that you know is arrested in Cook County, you are entitled to have an attorney from our office represent you at the police station for FREE. You can call us toll free at (844) 817 – 4448, to have an attorney come to a police station 24 hours a day, seven days a week.


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Thu, 05/07/2020
Denying family contact, even during the COVID-19 pandemic, is a horrible misplaced priority. It should not be part of our state’s policy.
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Mon, 04/13/2020

AT ISSUE: Amy Campanelli, Public Defender 4/12/2020

AT ISSUE ON WBBM NEWSRADIO
SUNDAY, APRIL 12TH
Cook County Public Defender Amy Campanelli says the Court system has adjusted pretty well to the restrictions dictated by the Coronavirus pandemic, but she still has some concerns. Craig Dellimore reports.


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Sat, 04/11/2020

Despite the concerted efforts of the Cook County state’s attorney, sheriff and public defender to limit the spread of coronavirus inside the Cook County Jail, it is now “ the nation’s largest-known source” of infections, according to an analysis by the New York Times.


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Tue, 03/31/2020

Here you will find the updated partial shutdown order for 3.20.20


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Fri, 03/20/2020

Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, from March 17 through April 15, 2020 most court appearances will be postponed and most criminal defendants do not need to appear in court. Any defendant whose case will automatically be postponed does not need to appear in court. Below are guidelines for which cases will be postponed.  Please read this information carefully.  You can also click here to view Chief Judge Evans’ Administrative order.


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Thu, 03/19/2020

Here you will find the Markham continuance order.


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Thu, 03/19/2020

Here you will find traffic court key dates for 2020.


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Thu, 03/19/2020

Here you will find the Fourth District Continuance Order.


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Wed, 03/18/2020

Here you will find the newly updated Skokie Circuit Court Schedule


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Wed, 03/18/2020

Here you will find information about continuances.


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