Courthouse Experience


Courthouse Experience allows middle and high school students from Maricopa County to witness, firsthand, the important role of an independent judiciary. The program educates students on the court system, careers in the legal field and their responsibility as future jurors.

Through a guided tour, students will have the opportunity to observe court hearings and trials, visit with judicial officers and partake in informative question and answer periods with volunteer attorneys or court personnel. Classes are welcome to attend all different types of hearings and trials if the content is appropriate.

Tours begin roughly at 9 a.m. and conclude at noon. Upon arrival, classes will meet their assigned volunteer guide on the South Court Tower steps before entering the building and going through security screening. Once inside, the volunteer guide will give the class an overview of Superior Court before heading to their designated courtroom. Depending on their calendar and availability, judges and commissioners may or may not speak to the students.

Students may sit in on a morning calendar consisting of sentencing, changes of pleas and status conferences - a collection of events that usually precede or follow a trial. They might have an opportunity to observe a trial, generally scheduled to begin around 10:30 a.m., after the completion of the morning calendar.

Step One:

Begin by filling out the form to request a tour.

Step Two:

Schedule your visit during the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m., Monday through Thursday. Criminal proceedings are usually taking place during that time.

Generally, one volunteer for every 16 students is recommended. Please limit the number of students to no more than 125 per day.

Step Three:

We will arrange a volunteer who is available and willing to escort your group on your scheduled date.

Step Four:

(Downtown Tours only) Arrange for free parking for marked school buses or marked vans by calling the City of Phoenix at 602.262.6235. We request that you bring at least one additional adult (other than the volunteer) for each 25 students.

 

To volunteer as a court guide, contact: Vincent.Funari@JBAZMC.Maricopa.Gov

 

Enjoy your Experience!

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