The District Attorney’s 2021 Citizens Academy is now accepting applications from people who would like to get a thorough, behind-the-scenes look at the criminal justice system.


Participants learn about the specific roles of law enforcement officers, attorneys, judges, and jurors, while being exposed to the inner-workings and complexities involved in prosecution. Citizens can practice what they have learned by participating in a mock trial, arguing a criminal case as prosecutors. In addition to the mock trial, assistant district attorneys present on a wide range of topics including Criminal Justice 101, the “CSI Effect,” the opioid epidemic, gangs, human trafficking, and other trends impacting our community.


The Citizens Academy will be held on seven consecutive Tuesdays, Aug. 31 and through Oct. 12, from 6-8 p.m. Eligible applicants must be at least 18 years old, live or work in Knox County, and agree to a background check.


To apply, email your application to Emily Scheuneman at  no later than Friday, July 30. You will find out by Friday, Aug. 6, if you have been accepted into the academy.