Any group in the community is welcome to take part in our Justice System Education Program. Through this popular program, the Society has introduced over 1 million students to BC courts. Participants visit the courthouse, speak with justice system professionals and experience court in action.
Court Visit Resources
Use these resources to enhance the court visit of your group. There is important information about the courthouse you will visit, court protocol and some sample questions that students can ask. Once your court visit is done, please take some time to complete the Post-Visit Questions.
These sessions help attendees be well prepared for their court visit. Educators provide information on what is happening in the courthouse and review key points of the court protocol. In addition, at staffed locations, Educators provide legal education on a legal topic based on the selection made by teachers and group organizers.
Participants attend courtrooms to watch real trials in progress. Attendees have the chance to see justice processes and observe the roles of justice system professionals: judges, lawyers, sheriffs and court clerks. Based on the trials on the docket for that day, participants may have the chance to warch criminal, civil, family and traffic matters. At certain locations, there may also be the possibility to see juries, youth court, or specialized courtrooms such as the Drug Treatment Court or Downtown Community Court.
Judge, Lawyer & Sheriff Sessions
Groups can meet a judge, lawyer, sheriff or other justice system professional and ask them about their role and experience in the justice system. Be sure to make a specific request for one of these instructional sessions.
Groups can learn the most about our justice system by experiencing it themselves in a simulated trial, called a “mock” trial. A mock trial is a definitive, dramatic, experiential learning opportunity. It develops advocacy skills and critical thinking in addition to providing knowledge about the law. Mock trials are good for all ages as they demonstrate how a trial works. There are several scripted and non-scripted mock trials available for your use. Groups can arrange to perform their mock trial in a real courtroom setting during the day.
There is a charge for facilitating the mock trial experience. Please bring a cheque with you on the day of your visit. It should be made payable to the Justice Education Society. A receipt will be issued. We reserve the right to decline our services unless payment is received in advance or at the time your group arrives at the courthouse.