Written by Amira Faizal
On Wednesday, Aug. 27, the University of Pikeville interdisciplinary commons class observed district court followed by instructor and attorney Tommy Chamberlin, a UPIKE alumnus.
District court is limited jurisdiction which handles juvenile cases, misdemeanors, traffic violation, and felonies. With that, all violations in district court are labeled as F, T, M known as felony, traffic violation, and misdemeanor. The cases that were observed in court were prisoners/ pretrial.
Judge Darrell Mullins administers justice in a court of law. The prisoners have bond arraignments set for them either violating parole, theft, drug affiliation or assault. There were six prisoners who came upon the court, all accused of one of the four crimes. The two assault convicts were placed on probation with a no contact order while the others have another court date set.
“No good deed goes unpunished,” said Mullins.
The instance of two assault charges was rare as most crimes has been drug affiliated.