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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Court orientations provide 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 - 60 minutes.
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.
Some BC Courts are historic buildings and all have important ties to the community. A tour conducted by JES or court staff provides an opportunity to learn about the history of your courthouse, the courtroom set-up, and how courtrooms are used.
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.
Mock trials are available from 12:30 to 1:45.
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.
Please specify provincial or supreme court judge if want one or the other.
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.
Please specify crown or defence if you have a preference for one or the other.
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.
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.