In 1992, Evans won election to the Cook County judiciary as a circuit judge. Within three years of joining the court, he was appointed the presiding judge of the Domestic Relations Division. Five years later in 2000, he was appointed presiding judge of the Law Division where, he served until his election as chief judge.
During his tenure as chief judge, Evans has expanded court services to children with innovative programming that provides a safe haven for children whose parents or guardians are attending court. He places great emphasis on expanding opportunities for women and minorities at the court’s executive management level, appointing the first Hispanic American as presiding judge of the 4th Municipal District, and the first woman as presiding judge of the prestigious Chancery Division.
Summary: Chief Judge Evans has an excellent reputation among Cook County lawyers. As Chief Judge, he does not hear cases, but sees to the administration of the courts. Chief Judge Evans created a domestic violence court for the Cook County Circuit Court which is housed in a state-of-the-art courthouse. He also re-instituted a pre-trial services program and changed procedure so that bond hearings are conducted in person, rather than via teleconferencing. He is responsive to public concerns about the judiciary and is 13 working with interested groups to institute a diversion and deferral program in the criminal courts to reduce cost and waste and better serve the interests of the community.