State News
8:14 am
Mon April 1, 2013

Police want to use electronic testimony to obtain warrants

Police in Illinois could see a key step in obtaining search warrants become quicker. Lawmakers are considering a plan that would allow police to lay out evidence before a judge using an Internet chat session, as long as it has video and audio. Cook County Assistant State's Attorney John Carroll says it's not always easy to find a judge to approve a warrant.

“The judge, perhaps, is Downstate, out of town, but he's still a judge in, let's say, Cook County. The officer would be able to call on this audio/video and answer any questions that the judge may have,” Carroll says.

Under current law, Illinois judges can only accept electronic testimony for terrorism-related offenses. Otherwise it has to be in writing or in person.