Judge Thomas Carroll

In 2011, the Illinois Supreme Court appointed Thomas Carroll as a judge of the Circuit Court of Cook County. For over nine years, he has faithfully served the people of the State of Illinois. After his first assignment in traffic court at the Richard J. Daley Center, Judge Carroll has heard criminal cases in District 6 in Markham since 2012. He now serves as a Supervising judge of Misdemeanors, and Secondary Acting Presiding Judge. In addition to his normal Criminal Call, Judge Carroll works the sensitive but crucial Expungement Call when the presiding judge is not available.

Judge Carroll’s commitment to public service, particularly indigent and under-privileged defendants, began over three decades ago when he began his career in the Cook County Public Defender’s Office. After years serving defendants, Judge Carroll operated a solo law practice for nineteen years which gave him critical experience in civil and criminal trials.

To this day, Judge Carroll takes commitment to service and justice outside the courtroom and into the classroom. He routinely volunteers as a judge for student mock trial competitions for Chicago Public School Students and the South Suburban Bar Association. He also regularly volunteers as a guest lecturer and presenter for such important programs like the Missionary Baptist Church’s “Encouraging Youth To Pursue Higher Education”, the DePaul University Advanced Trial Advocacy Course, and the Chicago Restorative Justice program to teach self-expression to elementary school students.

His efforts have been recognized by the South Suburban Bar Association which named him Jurist of the Year (2013) and most recently by his alma mater, St. Rita High School, which inducted him into its Hall of Fame in 2017.

Judge Carroll hopes to continue his service to the people of the State of Illinois as a Judge of the Circuit Court of Cook County to bring fairness and justice to victims and defendants alike.

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