Joseph Bruce to fill associate judge vacancy

Cynthia Y. Cobbs, director of the Administrative Office of Illinois Courts, and Kathryn Zenoff, chief judge of the 17th Judicial Circuit, announced that the 17th Circuit judges voted to select Joseph Bruce as an associate judge of the 17th Judicial Circuit, filling the vacancy created by the appointment of Judge J. Todd Kennedy to Circuit Judge, effective Oct. 2.

When notified of the selection, Bruce commented, “I am honored and humbled by the appointment and look forward to this new challenge and opportunity.”

Bruce is a graduate of Don Bosco High School in Milwaukee, Wis., and received his undergraduate degree in 1974 from Lawrence University in Appleton, Wis., and his law degree in 1977 from George Washington University Law School in Washington, D.C. Bruce has been engaged in practicing law for 29 years, having worked previously as a prosecutor in the DeKalb County State’s Attorney’s Office and the Winnebago County State’s Attorney’s Office as a general practitioner with Vella, Sparkman & Bruce, and as a sole practitioner since 1989 with an emphasis in family law matters. He is also certified as a mediator in civil and family law matters. Bruce is a member of the Illinois State Bar Association and the Winnebago County Crime and Public Safety Commission. He is a board member of Prairie State Legal Services, having also been a prominent cast member and writer for the Legal Follies. Bruce has also served as a member of the board of directors of the United Way, the Rock River Valley Council of Girl Scouts, the Winnebago County Bar Association and was president of the Winnebago County Bar Foundation.

Born in Chicago in 1952, Bruce and his wife, Thea, reside in Rockford. They have two sons, one working as a teacher in Barcelona, Spain, and the other is a second-year law student at the University of Illinois.

From the Sept. 27-Oct.3, 2006, issue

2 thoughts on “Joseph Bruce to fill associate judge vacancy

  • Oct 5, 2013 at 3:28 am

    Can we please kick this fool from the Winnebago judicial system already. He has become another corrupt judge already. He needs to be released and set away from his podium and forced out of the Winnebago County judicial system. When he starts signing off on paperwork without legal validity, he starts to show that he’s truly supporting corruption.

  • Oct 11, 2013 at 8:45 pm

    Let me give you some examples of how I BELIEVE Judge Joseph Bruce is legislating from the bench, whereby he is going against the intention of the written law:

    He signs off on restraining orders, and then when there is a lack of legal validity (such as in domestic violence cases), he shifts the responsibility of the case to another judge.

    Yes, in the year of 2012, Judge Joseph Bruce was placed to be part of the Winnebago County Domestic Violence court in Rockford, Illinois. However, the Winnebago County, Rockford, Illinois prick signs off on emergency orders of protection in alleged domestic violence cases that lack any legal validity. I AM FIRMLY IN BELIEF that this is because the Winnebago County, Illinois court received grant money in 2012 from the Department of Justice and at least one’s Woman’s activist group.

    This is part of the Winnebago County corruption that we’re seeing so much these days. Here’s what Winnebago County court does:

    1) It moves around Order of Protection cases on the FullCourt Enterprise roster, which typically occur around 1 to 2 P.M..

    The case still exist in the system, but the Winnebago County Courthouse doesn’t want you to see the pattern that exists. If you were to go about getting the transcripts, you would recognize a lot of people claiming ABUSE OF PROCESS, malicious prosecution, and vexatious litigation has been brought against them.

    The court, regardless, signs off on many restraining orders, whereby THERE IS NO PROBABLE CAUSE. THERE IS NO CAUSE OF ACTION. NONETHELESS, the Winnebago County judges will sign off on these restraining orders.

    That is the criminal offense of BARRATRY.

    That’s right folks. Winnebago County, Rockford, Illinois Domestic Violence Court is working to pit people against each other for NO GOOD REASON, whereby a good reason would be the elements of domestic violence.

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