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Saturday, April 26, 2008

Thanks Cook County Sheriff's Police

Seriously, I know I've been critical of their extremely low percentage of success in serving civil process, increased rates for that low percentage, and their unwillingness to answer the phone in the eviction department, but yesterday I was quite grateful for a couple of very kind and courteous Sheriff's police who of all things were in the process of taking my client into custody.

No joke, one of the downsides to these Cook County Domestic Relations appointments is you often get unwinnable cases. Like it's an allegation of unpaid child support for 5 years or something and you're supposed to represent this person at a hearing on the Petition for Rule in two weeks. So my female client got jailed yesterday for the weekend. I won't go too much into the details but these cases are ALWAYS about a party's refusal to follow a court's previous order. Well she was very, very upset back in the hallway behind the court room. And one of the Sheriffs actually spoke with her in her non-English language, they let her make a couple phone calls, and I was able to counsel her for a while.

Quite frequently it's like you have a couple minutes to speak with your client and then we're taking him away.

2 Comments:

At 3:17 PM, Blogger Chicago Bourbon said...

I found your blog through a random google search.
Be advised, their title is Deputy Sheriff. Feel free to forward your compliment to the following so that the right people will know about the professionalism of these fine officers.

Chief Bill Nolan 312-603-2650 (Daley Center Chief)

First Assistant Chief Deputy Sheriff Kevin Connelly 312-603-6100

Sheriff Dart's executive offices 312-603-6444.

 
At 2:03 AM, Blogger John M said...

non-English comment? I'm going to go on the presumption that you meant Spanish, but that is neither here nor there. But trust me, we all know that when you're a noncustodial (at least a noncustodial father) the deck is stacked against you.

 

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