Residents interested in learning more about the judicial process can apply for the 18th Judicial District's spring citizens academy.
The free, seven-week program takes place from 6-9 p.m. Wednesdays from April 8 to May 20 at the Douglas County office, 4000 Justice Way, Castle Rock.
Each of the seven classes explores the role of various members of the office. The academy gives students an in-depth look at what happens between the time someone is arrested, all the way through trial and conviction.
Attendees will explore the functions of the specialized units in the district attorney's office, including the special victims unit, economic crimes unit, cold case unit, crime scene investigations, county court and juvenile justice. Students also will have the chance to learn the intricacies of a jury trial.
Limited spaces are available. Preference will be given to applicants who live in the 18th Judicial District and are first-time attendees. Participants must be at least 18 years old, complete an application and pass a criminal background check. Members of the media and family members of employees are welcome to apply.
The application is available at www.da18.org/community-outreach/citizens-academy. The deadline to apply is March 6. Submit the completed application in one of the following ways:
• Via U.S. mail to: Alejandra Flores, Office of the District Attorney, 18th Judicial District, 6450 S Revere Parkway, Centennial CO 80111
• Via email: firstname.lastname@example.org
• Via fax: 720 874-8790.
Once the academy is full, applicants will be placed on a waiting list. Attendees will be notified of their acceptance in the academy no later than March 25.
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