David Navarro

Timothy C. Evans, the chief judge of the Circuit Court of Cook County announced on Nov. 1 that effective immediately, Judge David Navarro, of Riverside, was the new acting presiding judge of the circuit court’s Pretrial Division.

Navarro, who was appointed to the bench in 2017 before being elected in 2018, previously served as supervising judge of the division.

“Judge Navarro has shown tremendous dedication and skill in his years in the Pretrial Division, including as a supervising judge, and I am confident that he will succeed in this new leadership role,” said Evans in a press release.

Before becoming a judge, Navarro was chief of the Public Integrity Bureau at the Illinois Attorney General’s Office and served as an assistant state’s attorney for Cook County. 

He is a graduate of the University of Iowa College of Law, and received his undergraduate degree from the University of Chicago.

The Pretrial Division conducts the initial proceedings in various criminal cases, and is in session every day of the year. Navarro replaces former Presiding Judge John P. Kirby, who has moved to the Law Division.