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Judge Toni Terrett held a successful “All Rise” workshop for kids on Tuesday

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L-R Municipal Judge Angela Carpenter, Circuit Court Judge Toni Terrett and Municipal Court Judge Penny Lawson
L-R Municipal Judge Angela Carpenter, Circuit Court Judge Toni Terrett and Municipal Court Judge Penny Lawson

Honorable Judge Toni Terrett hosted the “All Rise” workshop on Tuesday, providing local students with a unique opportunity to gain insight into the workings of the court system. Children aged 10-17 were selected to witness
firsthand the operations of Warren County’s justice system, engaging with various community representatives throughout the event.

Mock trial

The workshop commenced with Circuit Court Judge Terrett, alongside Municipal Court Judges Angela Carpenter and Penny Lawson, offering explanations on the distinctions between the different courts. They shared their concerns about the escalating youth-related crimes in the community before opening the floor for the students to ask questions.

District Attorney Ricky Smith

Police Chief Penny Jones, Sheriff Martin Pace, and District Attorney Ricky Smith also addressed the attendees.

Sheriff Martin Pace

Chief Jones shed light on the process of arrests, while Sheriff Pace discussed jurisdiction in both the city and county, elaborating on the functioning of the jail system.

Police Chief Penny Jones

Contributing to the event’s success, Attorneys Kimberley Nailor and Tiffany Pendelton outlined the path to becoming a lawyer to the students.

Attorney Kim Nailor

The workshop culminated with a mock trial, offering the children the opportunity to role-play as judges, defense attorneys, and prosecutors.

Mock trial

Among the distinquished quests present were Judge Terrett, Judges Angela Carpenter and Penny Lawson, Circuit Clerk Jan Daigre, Deputy Clerk Dana Kenney, Police Chief Penny
Jones, Sheriff Martin Pace, Deputies
John Williams and Hannah Davis, District Attorney Ricky Smith, Attorneys Kimberly Walker Nailor and Tiffany Pendleton, Research Assistant Lafreda Lee, and Court Administrator Melanie Sanders.

Court Administrator Melanie Sander
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