“By order of court, the public is no longer be permitted to bring any electronic communication and Internet devices into any courthouse facilities of the Circuit Court of Cook County, except the Richard J. Daley Center.” http://www.cookcountycourt.org/HOME/CellPhoneElectronicDeviceBan.aspx
“Banned electronic devices include, but are not limited to, the following: Cell phones, Smartphones, Laptop computers, Tablet computers and All other electronic devices capable of connecting to the Internet or making audio or video recordings.”
Interestingly, the majority of civil litigation takes place in the Daley Center, which is exempt. The ban seems to apply to those courthouses with significant criminal case loads.
See the full text of the of the administrative order:
Hat tip to Carole Levitt J.D., M.L.S., President, Internet For Lawyers for sharing this information on the Law-Lib list-serve.
Mark Kloempken and Tove Klovning