Judge Payne was born and raised in Chicago, a proud Whitney M. Young alumna.  She serves the public and profession with exemplary integrity and pride.  She has volunteered and served on managing boards of various community and professional organizations.  She served on the by the late Judy Baar Topinka to the Illinois State Comptroller African American Advisory Council providing insight and suggestions on programming.  She also supported the Boy Scouts by working extensively with their Rainbow Council Juvenile Diversion Program where she served as a mentor holding monthly instructional meetings on criminal law as well as generating conversation on topics discussed by speakers. She was a founding member and former president of the Black Bar Association of Will County also chairing the Barrister√Ęs Ball, and Clothing Drive.   She is a public servant that donates time and gives back to the community whenever she is called to serve.

Appointed by the Illinois Supreme Court as Cook County Circuit Court Judge to the 1st Sub-circuit vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Orville J. Hambright. Judge Litricia Payne is assigned to the First Municipal District presiding over felony preliminary hearings, misdemeanor, and traffic cases.

 Prior to her appointment to the bench, Judge Payne practiced law for nearly twenty years in various capacities.  She began her career clerking in Chicago at several offices including the Chicago Housing Authority continuing on to become a solo practitioner.  Most recently, Judge Payne advocated for the indigent as a Will County Assistant Public Defender serving as a felony supervisor and an organizing member of the Will County Mental Health Court. 




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She gives great amount of detail and research to her work and has tried over 130 bench and jury trials. She has successfully argued a Motion to Dismiss and/or Bar Evidence in a murder case where evidence (evidence was barred by the trial court and that decision was affirmed on appeal) was destroyed.  She also successfully argued a Motion to dismiss a 2014 Failure to Register as a Sex Offender case stemming from a 1997 conviction for an offense that does not currently require registration. 

She is proud to serve the citizens of Cook County and add value to the Cook County Bench.

Judge Payne resides in Chicago with her husband and daughter.



As a former public defender she handled a myriad of criminal matters ranging from misdemeanors to murder. I have represented countless clients and worked with dozens of colleagues and judges all with different personalities and temperaments. I advocated for my clients and for what was just and fair.


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