Head of Cook County Circuit Court outlines rules for cameras in the courtroom

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CHICAGO — The chief judge of the Circuit Court of Cook County has outlined the process for the news media to use cameras into courtrooms.

Judge Timothy Evans oversaw the Monday afternoon presentation. Last week the Illinois Supreme Court ruled to allow the use of cameras and audio recording devices in Cook County courts on an experimental basis

Cook County is the largest and latest of dozens of counties statewide to join a state high court camera pilot program that launched in 2012.

Cameras will be allowed starting Jan. 5 in felony courtrooms at the Leighton Criminal Court Building in Chicago where there have been many high-profile trials. Bond hearings are excluded from the pilot project.

Illinois has allowed cameras to be present during Supreme Court and Appellate Court hearings since 1983.

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