Working as unpaid volunteers, court advocates attend select judicial proceedings to show support for crime victims and witnesses, as well as use their presence to make a positive impact upon judges and everyone else in the courtroom---a silent yet powerful reminder that the community stands united against crime and has an uncompromising insistence that justice be served.
While the men and women who serve as court advocates are modest and quick to say they are just ordinary folks---and they are---they are also, without a doubt, some of the best people on the Southwest Side. Smart and civic-minded, they comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable. They make judges sit up and take notice, and they often help wipe the smirk off the faces of criminals and their defense attorneys.
They are truly the few doing the work of the many, and we were grateful to attend their meeting and ask a few questions of the committee leader, West Lawn resident Barbara Ziegler.
Our video about the court advocates is posted on the Southwest Chicago Post channel on YouTube:
Interested in joining their ranks or at least learning more information? Call the CPD Eighth District CAPS Office at (312) 747-8724 and ask to be put in touch with the Court Advocates.
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