Courts Begin Mediation Training for Attorneys
Byline: Tony Gordon
Training for attorneys seeking to serve as mediators in civil cases involving claims of $50,000 and more in the 19th Judicial Circuit is scheduled to begin next month.
Lake County Circuit Judge Bernard Drew said a private firm has set two training sessions for attorneys in Lake and McHenry counties to handle the cases, one for Oct. 10 and 11 and a second on Oct. 24 and 25.
The mediation program, already being used in DuPage and Winnebago counties, seeks to resolve cases through compromise, rather than the "win or lose" situation of a trial.
Drew said response to the program has been enthusiastic, and that dozens of attorneys have requested application forms for the training programs.
Representatives of the bar associations in both counties have also been working with a committee of judges to develop rules for the administration of the program, Drew said.
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Just answer the question: Associate Judge James Booras tried his best to get some real information from a freshly arrested Waukegan man in bond court Wednesday morning, but got nothing but frustration.
The man, who had been picked up on a drug delivery charge, was asked by the judge if he had ever been arrested before. He probably has, but from the following exchange, for what remains a mystery.
Judge: "What were the charges?"
Suspect: "Well, you know, misdemeanors."
Judge: "What kind of misdemeanors?"
Suspect: "There were warrants."
Judge: "There usually are. What crimes were alleged?"
Suspect: "Stuff I had to go to court for. …