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Court Observation Paper

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Observation paper

Magistrate& District court

Karen Rivera

Cj 205

The first court that I attend was district court, the judge was Fernando r. macias I went to the court on October 13, around 10:30. When I first walked in there were a lot of people there I wasn’t expecting that at all. Security was higher than at the magistrate court. There were attorneys there but they stand next to there defendants at all times since it was still assembly justice so the trials didn’t go on for days if the most for about 30 minutes. The first case I had a chance was already on its way so I don’t know how long it had been going on for. The defendant was wearing a dark blue jump suit. As well as he had some chains aournd his waist and hand handcuff. The defendants name was victor. The thing that I found different was that he was a juvinilla and the trial was still open to the public which was not normal ive been told that in all cases minor cases aren’t open to the public. This individual had 16 charges against him the parole officer didn’t go into detail of the previous offenses or for that matter she didn’t talk much about the current offense I had missed that part. The prosecutor brought his to testfy which I thought was something really crazy. The defendant must have been really bad since his mom testified against him not many parents would do that unless they think that they are worst of being left of the hook. I did hear something about domestic violence I just didn’t know who it was against. Alor of the people there seem to be involved with this case, or that they knew the defendant. This wasn’t a jury trial, the judge made the decision. The mother had stated that he had been left of the hook that she felt the court wasn’t taking this serious. The judge then told the mother that they are taking this serious that he is just making judgments according to the crime. The defendants lawyer said that he deserve another chance since the...