On Monday, a judge granted Legal Aid Chicago’s request for a temporary restraining order (TRO) against the Clerk of the Circuit Court requiring she (1) provide litigants copies of orders of protection (OP) before 8:00 p.m. the day they are issued by a Judge, and (2) to timely send those orders to the Cook County Sheriff for entry into the law-enforcement database.
Unless a client survivor has the actual OP to show law enforcement or law enforcement can determine from its database that the OP was entered, the OP is not enforced and therefore is, as a practical matter, useless. This is a critical victory for survivors of abuse across Cook County.