Class to teach citizens about the court system returns

A local judge is offering a free course to DeKalb County residents who are interested in an overview of how the court system works in Georgia.

DeKalb County’s Chief Magistrate Judge Berryl A. Anderson recently announced the return of The People’s Law School Spring Semester, a free day-long class with a special emphasis on DeKalb Magistrate Court, stated officials. The curriculum will include instruction on civil, criminal, ordinance, and mental health court matters, according to officials.

The program was started in 2018 to give citizens an inside look at how the court system works, as well as clear up any questions or misinformation, said officials.

“I know that what goes on in the courthouse may sometimes seem intimidating and a bit of a mystery,” said Anderson. “When I speak to citizens in our community, I am always asked about what Magistrate Court really does. Magistrate Court is the people’s court, and as chief judge, it was important for me to develop a program for citizens to demystify the court.”

Officials said some of the highlights of this year’s class will include a keynote speaker and a graduation ceremony where participants will receive a certificate of completion.

The course will be held on April 27 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the DeKalb County Courthouse, 556 N. McDonough St. in Decatur.

The People’s Law School is now accepting applications for its spring semester. The application is available to all DeKalb County residents who are 18 years and older. The deadline to apply is April 1 and space is limited. Submitting an application does not guarantee acceptance, stated officials.

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