What is a plea bargain? What are expunctions? What does a grand jury do? Ever wonder exactly how criminals are brought to justice? If so, the Collin County Criminal District Attorney’s Office has the perfect program for you.

Criminal District Attorney Greg Willis has announced the upcoming fall 2013 session dates for the DA’s Citizen Prosecutor Academy. The 10-week course begins Sept. 12 and concludes with a graduation ceremony for participants on Thursday, Nov. 14.

Collaborating with an extensive network of public servants and agencies on a daily basis, the DA’s office is at the forefront of protecting the community by putting away the bad guys and holding criminals accountable. Hear from prosecutors, detectives, judges and law enforcement officials as they explain how a case develops, from arrest to trial, and subsequent appeal.

“We explain in engaging ways how cases originate, get investigated and tried (all the way through punishment and appeal),” said Collin County District Attorney Greg Willis. “We also take fun and interesting field trips to the Children’s Advocacy Center, the Collin County jail and the Collin County Medical Examiner’s office. McKinney PD cases and detectives typically play a significant role in our academy.”

Classes for this popular program will meet on Thursday evenings at the Collin County Courthouse (2100 Bloomdale Road in McKinney) from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. The application deadline is Thursday, Sept. 5. Class size is limited, so you are encouraged to apply early. Those seeking enrollment must be at least 18 years of age.

The academy is held twice a year, during the fall and spring semesters, and each class runs for 10 weeks.

“Our office puts on a free citizen prosecutor academy twice yearly (fall and spring semesters),” said Willis. “Participant reviews are uniformly outstanding. Even Dallas County is on record that they were so impressed with our academy that they started one too.”

To learn more information about the District Attorney’s Citizen Prosecutor Academy and to download an application, please visit collincountyda.com/cpa.htm. Click here for a direct link to the application.

For questions, please contact Leah Mleziva at 972-548-3657 or lmleziva@co.collin.tx.us.