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.
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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 15 minutes.
Maximum number of participants per group is 60.
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.
At this location, there is also the possibility to see juries and parties involved in civil suits.
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.
New Westminster judges are only available from 12:30 to 1:00 pm or 1:30 to 1:55 pm.
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.
Groups wishing to have a presentation by a lawyer are asked to provide at least 8 weeks advance notice.
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.