This course provides a basic overview of the Massachusetts criminal justice system. Students will learn how the police, the courts, and the correctional system operate, and how these branches work together. The instructor will lead the class through a hypothetical District Court case and a hypothetical Superior Court case and will explain each step of the process including arrest, arraignment, indictment, probable cause, assignment of counsel, bail, bail review, pretrial motions, trial, sentencing, probation, parole, and appeal.
Instructor: Martha Coravos
About Our Instructor:
Martha Coravos was a teacher for many years until she decided to follow a long-time passion and was accepted to law school at age 34. Martha's law career saw her as a courtroom clerk and a prosecutor for a great majority of her career. She was also an adjunct professor at Middlesex Community College and Southern New Hampshire University. After retiring in 2017, Martha put her energy into her interests including music, cribbage, and traditional Greek cooking. She is excited to share these skills with the community!