Court Training Held for Residents

If you wonder what happens to criminals after they are arrested, come find out for yourself at a Citizens' CourtWatch mini training on Sept. 11.

You’ve seen every episode of “Law & Order.” But do you know how a real courtroom works?

Find out for yourself by going to a Mini Citizens’ CourtWatch training on Sept. 11. You will learn about the court system and how to get involved. For instance, you might learn the difference between superior, state and municipal courts. Or who stands where in the courtroom. You can also find out what happens between the time of an arrest and a trial.

 “The reality is not like ‘Law & Order.’ [A case] doesn’t get resolved in an hour. It can be two or three years sometimes,” said Janet Martin, coordinator of the Citizens’ CourtWatch program, which is sponsored by the Fulton County District Attorney’s Office Community Prosecution Program.

The CourtWatch program started in 2004, when residents of an Atlanta neighborhood were upset that criminals who committed burglaries kept landing on the street after being put in jail. The residents were invited to come see how the court system works. Now, a longer training is held every March for Fulton County residents, Martin said.

People are invited not just to learn about the court system, but to attend hearings where they have a vested interest.

The mini training will be Sept. 11 from 5:30 to 7:50 p.m. at the Helene S. Mills Multipurpose Facility, 515 John Wesley Dobbs Ave., Atlanta. It is targeted specifically to people who live in Atlanta Police Department zones 5 and 6. But anyone from Fulton County is welcome to attend, Martin said. Not sure what police zone you live in? You can look it up here.

John Wolfinger August 30, 2012 at 12:40 PM
This highly informative CourtWatch training session will be of special interest to all of those who were residential break-in victims of Charles Echols (now our guest at Rice Street), so that you can be prepared to attend his court hearings, and know what to expect. Since many of his victims are in Morningside and APD Zone 2 - you are still more than welcome to join to join in on this session. We are all in this crime fighting effort together, regardless of what APD Zone we live in.


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