Cook County attorneys say it will take a few weeks to implement a proposal to hold juvenile probable cause hearings on weekends and holidays. Attorneys for the county, and for Cook County Chief Judge Timothy Evans, presented a proposed administrative order requiring juvenile probable cause hearings every day of the year.
The proposed change comes two weeks after four parents filed a federal lawsuit claiming the county violated the constitutional rights of juveniles who spent more than two days in the Juvenile Temporary Detention Center waiting for a hearing. The parents are seeking damages for the time their children were locked up before seeing a judge.
Cook County currently holds hearings for adults 365 days a year.