Any group in the community is welcome to take part in our most popular program. Since 1989, this program has introduced over 1 million British Columbians to our courts. Participants visit the courthouse, speak with justice system professionals and experience court in action. Specific activities may include:
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.
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 see witnesses and the accused in court. At certain locations, there may also be the possibility to see juries, parties involved in civil suits, or specialized courtrooms such as the Drug Treatment Court or Downtown Community Court.
Mock Trials & Simulations
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 definitive, dramatic, experiential learning opportunity. It develops advocacy skills and critical thinking in addition to providing knowledge about the law. Mock trials are good for all ages as they demonstrate how a trial works. There are several scripted and non-scripted mock trials available for your use.
Groups can arrange to perform their mock trial in a real courtroom setting during the day.
There is a charge for facilitating the mock trial experience. Please bring a cheque with you on the day of your visit. It should be made payable to the Justice Education Society. A receipt will be issued. We reserve the right to decline our services unless payment is received in advance or at the time your group arrives at the courthouse.
Standard mock trials (up to 75 minutes) - $100
Advanced mock trials (75 minutes to 3 hrs.) - $200
Mock Trials are part of the Justice System Education Program. Other activities in the program include court orientations, courtwatching, justice system personnel sessions and career and personal planning.
Judge’s, Lawyer’s, & Sheriff’s Sessions
Groups can meet a judge, lawyer, sheriff or other justice system professional and ask them about their role and experience in the justice system.
Career & Personal Planning
Groups can learn about the different jobs and career opportunities available within the court system and how to pursue them.