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Cook County’s Law Library offers free computer access for residents to attend virtual court appearances

New initiative supports residents who lack internet access

Residents who don’t have internet access can now attend virtual court appearances from the Cook County Law Library. The library is offering residents free computer access to attend virtual court appearances. This initiative is available for residents who lack internet access or who do not want to attend hearings from their home.

“Ensuring all residents have access to technology creates a more equitable Cook County,” said Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle. “In response to the pandemic, many services are now offered virtually and not everyone has access to the internet or a computer. This program removes barriers and streamlines computer access for free.”

The Law Library was awarded funding from the Illinois State Library for new computers, software and equipment. Right now, the library can accommodate two remote hearings at a time with capacity increasing to five simultaneous remote hearings in the coming weeks.

Walk-ins are welcome as equipment is first come first serve. Residents interested in using this service should bring whatever paperwork is needed for their court appearance.

The Law Library is located at the Daley Center, 50 W. Washington Street, 29thFloor, Chicago, Illinois 60602. Hours of operation are 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.

For more information about the Law Library, visit: www.cookcountyil.gov/lawlibrary

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