For any residents who might be curious about how the justice system works, the Collin County Criminal District Attorney’s Office will be hosting a Citizen Prosecutor Academy.

This academic course is a free 12-week course. It will commence on September 13, and continue weekly through December. Once the course is complete, participants will be rewarded with a graduation ceremony.

The District Attorney’s office is the main line of protection for their communities. The office collaborates with an extensive network of public servants and agencies on a daily basis. This course will walk the student through the entire process.

This program will allow citizens to hear from prosecutors, detectives, judges and law enforcement officials as they explain how cases develop; starting with the investigation, to the arrest, trial and subsequent appeal.

Classes for the program will meet every Thursday – except for Thanksgiving – at the Russell A. Steindam Courts Building from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

The deadline to apply for the program is September 7, and applicants must be at least 18 years of age.

To learn more, or for any questions, contact Kim Alvarado at 972-548-4768 or email at Interested residents can also visit to apply.