Kankakee Community College transformed a meeting room into a courtroom to host a three-justice panel of the Third District Appellate Court in September 2010.
The event was part of Illinois Supreme Court Chief Justice Thomas L. Kilbride's Judicial Education Program. The program is designed to introduce civics education and the court system in action to students and the community at large.
KCC was the only community college selected to host court proceedings as part of the program.
It is estimated that 300 KCC students, high school students, and interested citizens attended. The event was the first time court proceedings have been held at an Illinois community college. Three other Illinois colleges also hosted temporary courtrooms.
Two cases - one criminal, one civil - were heard. Third District Presiding Justice William Holdridge and Justices Robert Carter, Mary McDade, and Mary Kay O'Brien heard oral arguments in West Bend Mutual Insurance v. Norton and People v. Porter.
The Third District released its opinion in West Bend on December 28, 2010. Read the Court's opinion online.
See how we transformed the Iroquois Room, the college's meeting and conference facility, into a courtroom worthy of the Third District Appellate Court.