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    Citizen Prosecutor Academy

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    The Citizen Prosecutor Academy (CPA) is an 12-week program designed to give citizens an in-depth understanding of the criminal justice system in Tarrant County.

    With our Assistant Criminal District Attorneys and Investigators as instructors, participants review each step of the prosecutorial process to gain an insider's perspective on how the system works.

    Classes will be held on Thursday mornings from 10:00am - Noon and evenings from 6:30 - 8:30 pm at the Tim Curry Criminal Justice Center.  Graduation will be hosted upon completion of the Academy program.

    We are now taking applications for our 2020 Academy classes.  The Spring Session begins March 5, 2020 and graduation will be May 21, 2020.  Our Fall Academy begins September 3, 2020 and graduation will be November 19, 2020.  You will find applications in the buttons below.

    This topics of the past academy classes have included:

    • Introduction to the Criminal Justice System/Criminal District Attorney's Office
    • Intake
    • Grand Jury
    • Misdemeanor Crimes
    • Diversion Programs
    • Introduction to a Trial
    • Felony:  An Overview
    • Trial Prep
    • Jury Trials
    • White Collar/Public Integrity Crimes
    • Gang Unit
    • Special Victims Unit
    • Victim Advocates
    • The Juvenile System
    • Digital Forensic & Technical Services
    • Intoxication Manslaughter, DWI & No Refusal
    • Conviction Integrity
    • Intimate Partner Violence
    • Mental Health & Protective Orders
    • The Civil Division

    Academy attendees will also have the opportunity to participate in a tour of the Tarrant County Jail, and observe a criminal trial in progress.



    For more information on the CDA Citizen Prosecutor Academy, please contact:

    Amy Bearden

    Community Outreach Coordinator

    817.884.3126 /


    County Telephone Operator 817-884-1111

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