Saturday Court Returns to Winnebago County

By: Meghan Dwyer
By: Meghan Dwyer

ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- Tomorrow some criminals may find themselves in court, even though it's a Saturday. It will be the first time bond hearings have been held on a Saturday since Labor Day weekend.

Saturday court will be held every Saturday that falls on a holiday weekend for the rest of the fiscal year. Typically anywhere between three and 12 defendants will go before a judge.

Court will take place in Courtroom B of the Justice Center. Saturday court will cost about four thousand dollars more a year, but will hopefully speed up the court process for many defendants.

Winnebago County Court Administrator Todd Schroeder said, "When you have a three or a four day weekend like we do for the Thanksgiving Holiday or the upcoming Christmas holiday, that's two additional days that people get brought into jail and don't have the opportunity to leave."

Hearing cases on Saturday means defendants who have the money to post bond can get out of jail before Monday. Saturday court first started in early 2008 but was stopped in the fall of 2010 because of budget cuts. Officials anticipate more hearings than usual this Saturday because drunk driving offenses are normally up during the holidays.

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