Community Development

Citizens Prosecutor Academy

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State Attorney Bill Gladson offers a Citizens Prosecutor Academy to members of the public who have an interest in learning more about who we are and what we do. The Academy provides citizens a look at the criminal justice system from the perspective of a prosecutor. Participants hear directly from attorneys, judges and subject matter experts on several topics including the criminal justice system, the jury trial process, forensics, crimes against children, homicide investigations, and problem-solving courts, among others.

Due to the sensitive nature of some topics in this series, applicants must be at least 18 years of age. Class size is limited to 30 people. Classes are free of cost to citizens of Citrus, Hernando, Lake, Marion, and Sumter counties. No recording devices allowed.

For more information about the Citizens Prosecutor Academy, or to get a list of upcoming course dates, call (352)671-5800 or email community@sao5.org.

Upcoming Sessions

The Citizen Prosecutor Academy will be having a six-week session hosted at the Belleview Police Department. This course will take place every Wednesday from 2pm to 4pm beginning February 1, 2023, through March 8, 2023.

The Citizen Prosecutor Academy will be hosting a four-week session hosted at the Citrus County Courthouse, Room 100. This course will take place every Thursday from 2pm to 4pm beginning April 6, 2023, through April 27, 2023.

The Citizen Prosecutor Academy will be having another six-week session hosted at On Top of the World in Ocala. This course will take place every Tuesday from 10am to 12pm beginning April 11, 2023, through May 16, 2023.

If you would like to apply for any of the listed upcoming sessions, please complete and send the application available below along with which class you are interested in and a copy of your photo ID to community@sao5.org

 6 WEEK CITIZENS PROSECUTOR ACADEMY APPLICATION