The Justice Center and the Alaska Court System have completed a new arraignment rights video DVD to be shown in criminal courts throughout the state. The video explains the legal rights of criminal defendants and the choices that they must make in court. For defendants who are new to the criminal justice system, this is the first legal explanation that they receive after they have been charged with a crime. In order to make it useful in all parts of the state, it was produced in two versions: English and Yup'ik.
Antonia Moras of the Justice Center was the producer-writer for the video; Natalie Finn was the project manager for the court system Judges and local actors appear in the video. The project was funded by a grant from the court system. The video will also be available for viewing in late autumn on the Justice Center website (http://justice.uaa.alaska.edu/).