Our service-learning project involved visiting and observing court proceedings in the Magisterial District Court for Union County Pennsylvania. We worked under Judge Leo Armbruster, sitting in on his preliminary court hearings and learning from the District Attorney. Overall, through this experience we were not only able to examine the specific justice system of Union County, but also gain insight on court proceedings that apply in every case nationwide. This made our experiences more applicable to the field of criminology as a whole, as the information and experiences we have amassed over the semester can be easily transferred to other district courts, laws, and cases. Therefore, our experience was unique in that we were able to serve our local community while also analyzing the system as a whole and its implications through a sociological lens.
Calia, Donna; Hamaguchi, Koto; Shin, Richard; and Bastnick, Derek
"Observations and Experiences with District Court: A Community Engagement Project for Criminology,"
The International Undergraduate Journal For Service-Learning, Leadership, and Social Change:
1, p. 31-40.
Available at: https://opus.govst.edu/iujsl/vol9/iss1/6