The CT Court Visitation Program began in 1980 offering an opportunity for high school students to experience the legal system. It has since included seventh and eighth grades. This program is sponsored jointly by the CT Bar Association, the CT Judicial Branch and the CT Judges Association.
Students are met by the court marshals and a CBA attorney as they sit in the courtroom and experience arraignments in Superior Court. The judge will come off the bench and have a Q&A session with the students. The attorneys and marshals also participate letting the students know what they do. It provides the students some thoughts on future careers.
This program is offered at your local GA court from October through May, and last year, in the courts throughout the state, there were 70 tours provided to over 2500 Connecticut students. The tour is generally up to three hours. If you wish, an attorney will come to your classroom.
As you plan your schedule for the year, you may want to include this experience for those involved in Civics, Law-related and business classes.
Feel free to contact Bill Chapman, firstname.lastname@example.org, with ‘Court Visitation’ in the subject.