Free daylong session on courts includes lunch

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Journalists can learn how to get court information and about the least understood areas of the law during a free session in July.

The Indiana Supreme Court is hosting Law School for Journalists July 20 in Indianapolis.

Law School for Journalists

What: A tutorial on problem-solving courts, court structure and funding, juvenile court, sentencing and more

When: 8:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. July 20

Where: Indiana University School of Law Indianapolis, 530 W. New York St.

Cost: Free; includes lunch and parking

Registration: courts.in.gov/media

The event is designed to serve as a tutorial on problem-solving courts, court structure and funding, juvenile court, sentencing and other information.

The session from 8:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. EDT will be at Indiana University School of Law Indianapolis, 530 W. New York St.

Lunch, sponsored by the Hoosier State Press Association Foundation and Indiana Judges Association, is included in the event. Complimentary parking also will be available in surface Lot 85 on the IUPUI campus.

Jerrianne Hayslett, former Los Angeles Superior Court media liaison and the author of “Anatomy of a Trial: Public Loss, Lessons Learned from The People vs. O.J. Simpson,” will serve as the luncheon keynote speaker.

Online registration, the agenda for the day and other information is available at courts.in.gov/media. Registration will close July 11. Registrants will receive a confirmation email.

A block of rooms is reserved at the University Place Conference Center and Hotel at IUPUI for a discount rate of $99 for single occupancy and $119 for double.

For reservations call (317) 231-5160 or (800) 627-2700 and ask for the “Law School for Journalists” rate. Hotel and mileage expenses will not be reimbursed.

Both new and experienced journalists and editors in television, print, radio and Internet are welcome to attend. The program will include the following sessions:

Problem-solving courts: Trial court judges will discuss the concepts behind problem-solving courts, the common elements of the courts and the benefits for offenders and communities.

Court Structure and Funding: Judges will discuss trial court jurisdiction, the stages of civil and criminal proceedings, tips for interacting with court staff and how courts are funded.

Juvenile Matters: This session will examine Indiana’s juvenile justice system, how children are treated within the system and what it means for a child to be termed a delinquent child or child in need of services.

Sentencing and Least Understood Areas of the Law: Learn about the factors considered when sentencing criminal defendants. A panel of experts will also demystify death penalty cases, grand jury proceedings and appellate courts.

Getting Court Information: Find new resources for successfully gathering court information.

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