One of the most successful and recognizable Fulton County Community Prosecution initiatives is the Citizens’ CourtWatch program. Often dubbed the ‘eyes and ears’ of the community in court, CourtWatch was created by District Attorney Howard as a vehicle to engage average citizens in the criminal justice system. As Community Prosecutors track cases involving repeat offenders and those of general interest to the community, CourtWatchers are encouraged to attend court proceedings and, when deemed appropriate by the Court, offer perspective regarding the impact a defendant’s criminal activity has on a community.
Each spring, the District Attorney’s Office hosts its annual CourtWatch training program where citizens receive a crash-course education in judicial processes and felony case proceedings. The annual training session is typically held at the Fulton County Justice Center Tower: however, mini-training sessions are offered at rotating venues throughout the County during the year and are open to all Fulton County residents. To schedule a mini CourtWatch training in your area, or to learn more about becoming a Citizens’ CourtWatcher, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.