How Culture Impacts Courtrooms: An Empirical Study of Alienation and Detachment in the Cook County Court System

43 Pages Posted: 2 May 2022

Date Written: April 1, 2022

Abstract

Courtrooms operate as unique microcosms—inhabited by courtroom personnel, legal actors, defendants, witnesses, family members, and community residents who necessarily interact with each other to conduct the day-to-day functions of justice. This Article argues that these interactions create a nuanced and salient courtroom culture that separates courtroom insiders from courtroom outsiders.

The authors use the Cook County courts, specifically the George N. Leighton Courthouse at 2650 N California Avenue in Chicago, Illinois, to investigate courtroom culture and construct a thematic portrait of one of the largest criminal court systems in the United States.

Suggested Citation

Hawilo, Maria and Albrecht, Kat and Geraghty, Thomas F. and Rountree, Meredith, How Culture Impacts Courtrooms: An Empirical Study of Alienation and Detachment in the Cook County Court System (April 1, 2022). Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology, Vol. 112, No. 2, 2022, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=4072997

Maria Hawilo (Contact Author)

Loyola University Chicago School of Law ( email )

25 E. Pearson
Chicago, IL 60611
United States

Loyola University Chicago School of Law ( email )

25 E. Pearson
Chicago, IL 60611
United States

Kat Albrecht

Criminology & Criminal Justice Department ( email )

35 Broad Street
Atlanta, GA 30303-3083
United States

Thomas F. Geraghty

Northwestern University - Pritzker School of Law ( email )

375 E. Chicago Ave
Chicago, IL 60611
United States

Meredith Rountree

Northwestern University - Pritzker School of Law ( email )

375 East Chicago Avenue
Chicago, IL 60611
United States
3125030227 (Phone)

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