Cell Phones and Tablets and Laptops, no longer permitted in some courts. Oh my!!

Posted By on February 13, 2013

“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

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Tove Klovning oversees foreign, comparative, and international law services at the law library and teaches Legal Research Methodologies I & II. She often guest lecturers on legal research methodology strategies in seminar classes and assists researchers with legal research questions relating to foreign law, comparative law, and international law, as well as questions related to the American legal system. She has written several research guides on American, international, and foreign legal issues.


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