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.