THE SKOKIE COURTHOUSE IN COOK COUNTY
(Second Municipal District)
What is the Skokie Courthouse and where is it located?
The Skokie Courthouse is officially recognized by the Cook County Circuit Court as one of 6 geographic Municipal District Courts in Cook County Illinois. The other main traffic courts in Cook County include Rolling Meadows, Bridgeview, Maybrook, Markham and Chicago (Daley Center). Geographically speaking the villages, cities and towns that have cases heard in the Skokie Courthouse include Deerfield, Des Plaines, Evanston, Glencoe, Glenview, The Village of Golf, Kenilworth, Lincolnwood, Morton Grove, Niles, Northbrook, Northfield, Oakton, Park Ridge, Skokie, Wilmette, Winnetka, Cook County Sheriff's Police, Cook County Forest Preserve Police, Illinois State Police, Illinois Secretary of State Police and Metra police. The Skokie Courthouse is located at 5600 Old Orchard Rd. in Skokie, IL just off of the I-94 expressway near the Old Orchard Shopping Center. A great informational resource promulgated by the Cook County Court for the Skokie Courthouse can be found here: THE SKOKIE COURTHOUSE - 2ND MUNICIPAL DISTRICT OF COOK COUNTY.
The Skokie Courthouse hears many types of cases including speeding tickets and accident citations which can include failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident, driving too fast for conditions, or improper lane usage. Although most of traffic cases at the Skokie Courthouse are non-criminal traffic offenses there are also more serious categories of misdemeanor traffic criminal violations that are also prosecuted in Skokie including Driving with no License or a Suspended license, Reckless Driving, Class B - Aggravated Speeding (26-34 mph over the speed limit) and Class A - Aggravated Speeding (35+ mph over the speed limit). There are also Felony, Misdemeanor, and Civil cases heard at the Skokie Courthouse.
What can I expect going to court at the Skokie Courthouse?
There are generally three traffic and misdemeanor court calls a day at the Skokie Courthouse. These court calls can begin at 9:00am, 10:30am, 1:30pm. Different cities, towns and villages as well as the Illinois State Police and Lake County Sheriff have court calls on different dates and times at the Skokie Courthouse. All speeding tickets and traffic matters will be assigned to 1 of 4 courtrooms (Courtroom 101, 102, 103, 104). Your specific court location, date and time information will be indicated at the bottom portion of your ticket. If you have lost your ticket or cannot read the police officer's handwriting that issued you the ticket you can verify your information securely here with your ticket or driver's license number: Cook County Traffic Case Search Website.
You will find an ample free public parking garage as you enter the Skokie Courthouse or you can access the courthose by public transportation via a combination of buses and/or trains depending on your location. A helpful guide to combining various forms of public transportation to the Skokie Courthouse can be found here: Public Transportation to the Skokie Courthouse Guide. The Pace bus provides dropoff right outside the entrance to the Skokie Courthouse and its schedule and pickup locations can be found here: Pace bus schedule and pickup locations to the Skokie Courthouse.
Once you arrive athe the Skokie Courthouse you will head inside to be screened in a single file line by security passing through a standard metal detector. Be advised the line to enter the Skokie Courthouse can be especially long if you have a case scheduled on a busy day so it pay to be a few minutes early but not more than fifteen minutes early as the courtroom door is locked between court calls. There are ample benches and seating areas outside each of the courtrooms and a cafeteria with vending machines near the entrance past security. Cell phones can currently be brought into the Skokie Courthouse and can be used in the lobby area outside the courtroom, but never in the courtroom except to display insurance or other driving records and documents that are best printed out or forwarded to your attorney ahead of time.
The Clerk of the Circuit Court of Cook County has a large office located inside the Skokie Courthouse just past the security station. This Clerk's office houses all of the files for traffic tickets, ordinance violations, felonies, misdemeanors and civil cases heard at the Skokie Courthouse. If your case is not dismissed you may pay fines or costs on a ticket at this office on your court date as well as making traffic school registration arrangements. Please be advised the Clerk will only accept payments by Credit Card (with fee), cash, personal checks or money order. There is also an ATM terminal just outside the Clerk's Office at the Skokie Courthouse.
If I am representing you on your traffic or ordinance matter I will meet you outside the courtroom prior to the start of court. You will not be required to check in with anyone and I will guide you after securing your ticket from the courtroom clerk or sheriff. I will speak to the Prosecutor to negotiate a disposition in your matter and then consult you for final approval or rejection of that agreement. If your case is contested or set for trial we will wait until the court hears the trial matters later in the court call.
How Can a Skokie Speeding and Traffic Defense Attorney help me with my case at the Skokie Courthouse?
I often fondly refer to the Skokie Courthouse as my "home court". I proudly served as a Cook County Assistant State's Attorney from 2001-2010 at the Skokie Courthouse and continued a robust practice there after transitioning to the Defense bar. I have handled literally thousands of cases at the Skokie Courthouse as both a Prosecutor and Defense Attorney including speeding tickets, misdemeanors and felonies. As I continue to appear regularly at the Skokie Courthouse I am familiar with all of the local rules and procedures such as, setting matters for trial to avoid multiple appearances and securing continuances if necessary for your personal scheduling conflicts or to develop mitigating evidence in your case. I can also help you secure additional time if needed to complete traffic school, community service or to pay off substantial fines and court costs if applicable to your situation. I am also familiar with the judges that preside at the Skokie Courthouse and how they may handle your matter as well as the Cook County State's Attorneys and Village prosecutors that may be willing to reduce criminal charges to minor petty offenses, negotiate court supervision to avoid license suspension, and secure lower fines and penalties and even possible dismissal of your case with minimal court appearances.
If you are cited for an accident case I will discuss your potential civil liablity that extends far beyond the Skokie Courthouse. Pleading guilty without an attorney in an accident case can expose you and your family to personal liability for past, present and future damages. I will guide you through resolving your accident case often times in conjunction with your insurance company to increase the likeliehood that I can secure a dismissal of your accident citation at the Skokie Courthouse.
I will arrive early to court on your scheduled court date and work hard to get you in and out of court to minimize your time off work or other important family commitments in your day. I make you the professional promise that my legal knowledge and experience handling cases in the Skokie Courthouse will put you in the best position to secure a positive outcome in your matter there. Please contact me directly at the Richard Albanese Law Office for a free consultation at 312-882-1973.