Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Miranda: More than Words

Rancho Cucamonga Superior Court
On May 6, several members from the District Attorney’s office participated in Law Day at courthouses throughout San Bernardino County. The event was coordinated by court staff and representatives from each participating agency.
According to Deputy District Attorney Jane Templeton, who served as the volunteer coordinator for the District Attorney’s office, 440 5th graders from all over the county participated in the event.

This year’s theme was “Miranda: More than Words.”

“The goal of the event was to expose kids to the courtroom and familiarize them with the roles and responsibilities of each participant,” said Templeton. “First, the judge and attorneys explained Miranda to the kids, and then the bailiff simulated an arrest on one of the kids, and read him or her their Miranda rights. Next, each attorney participant was provided a packet with some scenarios that were discussed with the kids.”

Following a brief question and answer session with the attorneys, judge and bailiffs, the kids were given a tour of the courthouse and some of the Sheriff’s vehicles.

Overall, 20 Deputy District Attorneys, 2 Supervising Deputy District Attorneys and 1 Chief Deputy District Attorney participated in Law Day.

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