Biography 

Judge Samuel J. Betar III


Judge Sam Betar has served as a judge of the Circuit Court of Cook County since May 1998, initially as an Associate Judge.  In July 2017 the Illinois Supreme Court appointed him to the position of Circuit Judge.  


He has worked in the First Municipal District and the Domestic Relations Division.  He is currently assigned to the Third Municipal District and the Domestic Violence Division. He presides over criminal domestic violence cases and misdemeanor jury calls.


Judge Betar is active in the Northwest Suburban Bar Association (“NWSBA”), where he served as co-chair of the Matrimonial Law Committee.


He has received numerous awards for his work in the Domestic Violence Division.  In 2017 he helped develop a program whereby attorneys provide legal services pro-bono to domestic violence victims who wish to file civil petitions for orders of protection against their abusers.


Judge Betar teaches at the statewide judicial education conference, and at the State and Cook County New Judges’ Schools.  He is an appointed mentor of new judges.  Similarly, he has been a frequent speaker at ABA, CBA, NWSBA and II.I.C.L.E. education conferences.


He received his B.A. from Boston College and J.D. from Loyola University of Chicago.  Judge Betar resides in the in the Northwest Suburbs.  He is married to Margaret, his wife of 31 years.  They have three children, one of whom is a former army captain.