Circuit Court of Cook County Chief Judge Timothy C. Evans announced the Annual Latino Hispanic Heritage Month Courthouse Tours of the Richard J. Daley Center, 50 West Washington Street, will take place on Thursday, September 27 and Friday, September 28, 2012. Co-sponsoring the tours are the Hispanic Lawyers Association of Illinois and the Puerto Rican Bar Association.
The tours offer the public a sense of day-to-day operations in one of the nation’s largest unified court systems. Tour highlights include a visit to a courtroom to observe a trial in progress, an informal presentation by a Circuit Court judge and the opportunity to meet with bar association representatives.
Tour participants also receive a copy of the court’s informational guide which outlines the structure of the Circuit Court of Cook County, explains the basics of trial proceedings, and includes a directory of court and county services.
The Annual Latino/Hispanic Heritage Month Courthouse Tours are part of the court’s year-round Community Heritage Month Courthouse Tour series which combines public education activities with national and local observances marking racial and ethnic diversity. Tours are also held during Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, Black History Month, Arab-American Heritage Month, Italian Heritage Month, Polish Heritage Month, Women’s History Month and on Puerto Rican Heritage Day. The tours have been attended by thousands of Cook County residents.
Individuals or groups planning on taking a tour should contact Milissa Pacelli, of the Circuit Court of Cook County’s Public Affairs Office, at 312- 603-1927 on or before Monday, September 24, 2012. The tours are limited to persons age ten and older, with a maximum of 35 persons to a group. Reservations are recommended. Tours will depart at 10 a.m. from the Daley Center’s west lobby located on the Randolph and Clark Streets side of the building.
For more information about other courthouse tours and general information on the Circuit Court of Cook County, visit www.cookcountycourt.org.