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June 28 06:29 AM

Know your legal rights forum


Judge Sheva Sims, since being elected to the Shreveport City Court, has regularly held seminars entitled "Know Your Legal Rights," designed to educate citizens about their rights when interacting with law enforcement officials or being involved in judicial matters relative to the City Court.

Such a forum scheduled for Monday, July 8, at 5:30 p.m. at the Shreveport City Court, held in conjunction with the League of Women Voters, will take her effort to a whole new level in what will be an historic event.

For the first time, all four City Court judges and the Shreveport City Marshal will participate, and District Judge Scott Crichton will moderate the seminar. Chief Judge Charles Kelly and Judges R. Lee Irvin and Pammela Lattier will join Judge Sims on the panel, as will City Marshal Charlie Caldwell.

What can you expect to learn from such a forum? Here are some of the questions that will be addressed by the panel:

*What should you do when stopped by a police officer?

*What should you do if you have an outstanding warrant?

*Have you ever been charged with resisting or interfering with an officer?

*How are fines determined? *What is a motion for summary judgment? *How to file a small claims suit? *What is an affidavit? The forum is open to the public, which will be able to ask questions of the panelists. It is an opportunity to be face-to-face with judges and law enforcement and seek answers to any questions one might have.

For more information, contact the Shreveport City Court at (318) 673-5878 or Lois Scheib at (318) 631-7623.

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