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The Justice & Diversity Center

Day in Court

 

The Day in Court (DIC) program provides children in the 5th through 8th grades with the opportunity to tour the local courthouse, meet with volunteers and observe jury trials. Volunteer attorneys and judges act as guides in the tours and answer student questions. The DIC program introduces children to the real world of law.

How it works

Each court visit involves one school class consisting of 20-30 students. The program begins with an orientation where volunteer attorneys and judges explain how trials are run. Students are then escorted to observe two to three trials in session by the volunteers and teachers. The field trip concludes with a question and answer session. The program is administered over a two-hour period in the morning at Superior Court.

How to get involved

Volunteer attorneys and judges are needed to administer a two-hour program at Superior Court. There are approximately six sessions during a school semester. Volunteers will provide information on how the courts are run and escort the students to observe trials in session.

To learn more and to volunteer, email Ann Murphy at amurphy@sfbar.org.