The Justice Education Society offers a range of programs for group visitors to BC courts. Our most popular half-day series includes Court Orientation, Court Watching, and a judge or lawyer session. Select the program items suitable to your group and our staff will work to develop an itinerary that is sure to be memorable.
2. Select the programs that interests you...
Orientation / Education Session
This session provides an introduction to BC’s court system: how it works, why it is important and the legal terms and concepts used in court. The sessions are led by Justice Education Society (JES) or court staff.
Duration 30 minutes.
THERE ARE NO SESSIONS AVAILABLE IN JULY AND AUGUST.
Participants go to courtrooms to watch real trials in progress and observe the roles of justice system professionals: judges, lawyers, sheriffs and court clerks. Participants may also see witnesses and the accused in court.
This unique location allows visitors the ability to watch all three levels of court: Appeal, Supreme (including jury trials) and Provincial court. JES staff will provide highlighted trials that may be of interest and provide some interesting details about them. If you choose to ONLY participate in courtwatching, all participants MUST still check-in with JES staff and receive a courtroom decorum reminder before receiving the court list for that day. Proper decorum is expected at all times.
THERE ARE NO COURT LISTS PROVIDED DURING JULY AND AUGUST.
Mock trials are only available if you have not selected a speaker.
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 dramatic, experiential learning opportunity that develops advocacy skills and critical thinking, in addition to providing knowledge about the law. Groups must choose a mock trial and prepare it before they come to the courthouse. See the mock trials available for your use.
Standard mock trials (up to 75 minutes) cost $100, Advanced mock trials (up to 3 hours) cost $200. Bring a cheque on the day of your visit, made payable to Justice Education Society.
NO MOCK TRIALS DURING SUMMER MONTHS (July and August)
SPEAKER SESSIONS (Select a maximum of two)
Groups can meet a judge and ask them about their role and experience in the justice system. Participants learn how judges make decisions.
Please note: students should come prepared with questions for the Judge.
Judge sessions are typically held in Historical Courtroom 50 and only 12:30-1 pm. Please keep this in mind when you plan your day.
NO JUDGE SESSIONS DURING SUMMER MONTHS (July and August)
Groups can meet a lawyer - either Crown or defence - and ask them about their role and experience in the justice system. Participants have the chance to discover the real work and responsibilities of being a lawyer.
Please note: students should come prepared with questions for the Lawyer.
At Vancouver - Hornby, these are 30-minute Q&A session with a Crown Prosecutor.
NO LAWYER SESSION DURING SUMMER MONTHS (July and August)
Groups can meet a sheriff and ask them about their role and experience in the justice system. Participants learn more about courthouse rules and procedures.
Please note: students should come prepared with questions for the Sheriff.
Sheriff sessions are booked the morning of your visit and are not assured.
NO SHERIFF SESSION DURING SUMMER MONTHS (July and August)
Other Speaker Session
The Justice Education Society can arrange for a guest speaker, or provide a classroom for your pre-arranged speaker. Guest speakers may include politicians, victims of crime, family or civil lawyers, court staff or host of other individuals. NOTE: Speaker selection subject to availability.
Session options at Vancouver- Hornby may include Registry, Law Library, Law Clerk, or Probation Officer. Please specify what you have in mind.