Jessica Colon-Sayre is an Associate Judge on the 12th Judicial Circuit of Will County, Illinois. She has served on the bench for almost 7 years. She has presided over cases ranging from petty traffic, ordinance violations to criminal misdemeanors to family law cases. She is presently assigned to the branch court division handling traffic and ordinance violations across the county. She is the first Latina appointed to the bench in Will County.
Prior to Judge Colon-Sayre taking the bench, she served for almost 12 years as an Assistant State’s Attorney for Will County. 10 of those 12 years were prosecuting felony cases ranging from less violent cases like thefts, possession of drugs to more violent cases like sex offenses, and other serious felonies including murder. She has tried over hundreds of bench and jury trials to verdict.
Personally, Judge Colon-Sayre has been married for almost 20 years. She will tell you that one of her biggest and proudest achievements are her 13 year old son and 11 year old daughter.
Judge Colon-Sayre’s persisted pursuit for equitable justice in the criminal justice system unfortunately was triggered by a tragic event in her family. The pursuit has always been driven by this experience. Her goal is to always conduct herself in a manner that consistently reflects respect, kindness not mistaken for weakness, and fairness and foremost, always law abiding, no matter the encounter or outcome.
With over 19 years of experience, she has devoted her legal career to public service and worked primarily as an Assistant Cook County State’s Attorney. Prior to ascending to the bench, she was a Supervisor in the Felony Trial Division at the George N. Leighton Criminal Courthouse. She supervised 18 Felony Trial Assistants ensuring that cases were prosecuted fairly and handled properly. She has extensive criminal experience and has tried a variety of jury and bench trials including murders, attempt murders, armed robberies, aggravated kidnappings, sexual offenses, and other violent felonies.
She is very active in the community and has assisted in immigration, domestic violence, and gang conflict initiatives. She also mentors young lawyers and students of all ages from elementary, high school, college, and law school.
Member of Illinois Latino Judges Association, Hispanic Lawyers Association of Illinois, Puerto Rican Bar Association, Hispanic National Bar Association, Illinois State Bar Association, Women’s Bar Association, Trinity High School Bar Association, and Chicago Bar Association
Member of the Trinity High School Board of Directors
Member of Women Everywhere Foundation & Diversity Scholarship Foundation
Prior Co-Leader of the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office Hispanic Employee Resource Group
Prior Co-Leader of the Government Lawyers Program with Hispanic Lawyers Association of Illinois