Judge Maritza Martinez

Judge Maritza Martinez presides over cases in Cook County Circuit Court, Domestic Relations Division, from the initiation of actions for dissolution of marriage/civil union, declaration of invalidity of marriage/civil union, legal separation, parentage, child support, maintenance, allocation of parental responsibilities and parenting time, and orders of protection, through post-judgment proceedings. Judge Martinez also previously presided over cases brought in Cook County Circuit Court’s First Municipal District, in the Traffic Section, Felony Preliminary Hearings Section, Misdemeanor Section, Non-Jury Civil Section, and Forcible Entry and Detainer Section.

For 25 years prior to becoming a judge, Judge Martinez tried both criminal and civil matters, in federal and state court. She managed complex and heavy caseloads, oftentimes alleging catastrophic losses of paralysis or death, in both private practice and during her 13 years of public service. Her defense of City of Chicago employees and officials included litigation alleging civil rights and constitutional violations, discrimination, wrongful death, and intentional torts. She also prosecuted municipal ordinance violations for Chicago’s departments of police, revenue, health, consumer services, environment, streets and sanitation, and animal care and control. During her last 7 years of private practice, Judge Martinez also served as a Commissioner at the Illinois Court of Claims where she presided over claims brought against the State of Illinois.

Judge Martinez has always volunteered her time to public service, both personally and professionally. She served, by appointment of the Illinois Supreme Court, as an Inquiry Board Panel Chair and as an Oversight Committee Member of the Illinois Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission, determining, for over 10 years, whether sufficient evidence existed in investigations alleging misconduct against Illinois attorneys. Judge Martinez has been an active volunteer within her community: as an Art Zone volunteer, teaching art techniques to grade school children; at
the YMCA as a Level II Swimming Official, and at ROW, a rowing team for breast cancer survivors. Judge Martinez also regularly volunteers and speaks at public and parochial schools, at both the grade and high school levels. She volunteers as a judge and/or juror at annual law school trial advocacy competitions, serves as a mentor to minority students attending and interested in attending neighboring Chicago law schools, hosts “Women Everywhere” high school participants, and is an “In School Programs” Committee Member of the Illinois Judges Association.

Judge Martinez earned her Bachelor of Arts, English, from Loyola University Chicago, in 1988, was admitted under the Third Year Admission Program to Loyola University Chicago School of Law and earned her Juris Doctorate in 1989 from Loyola University Chicago School of Law.

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