Lesson 10: Problem-Solving Courts


Activity 1: Types of Court Processes - A Cooperative Group Exercise

There is a lot of material to cover in this activity so it would be advisable to use a jigsaw, as it is a great way to handle large amounts of information and have students use it in a small amount of time. Instead of students researching every aspect of an idea or area individually, they become experts in one area and go back to their home group to teach the other students using that expertise.

Have students get into groups of four to participate in a jigsaw. This will be the students’ home group. In their home group, each student chooses one of the court processes –Community Court, First Nations Court, Small Claims Night Court and Circuit Courts.

Have students move into their expert groups and give Handout 1: Downtown Community Court, Handout 2: First Nations Court, Handout 3: Small Claims Night Court or Handout 4: Circuit Courts, to each student in each expert group and have them answer the accompanying questions.

Have students return to their home group. Provide students with Handout 5: Types of Court Process Chart to each student in the group. Each expert will teach their home group everything they learned in their expert groups about their court. Each individual student will complete the Handout 5: Types of Court Process Chart with the help of each expert.

Give Handout 6: Which Problem-Solving Court? to the home groups. As a home group, the students will look at scenarios and decide which type of court process fits the scenario. Go over the answers in as a class.

To see the answer keys for Handouts 5 and 6, see the Assessment section.