"Any group in the community is welcome to take part in our most popular program. The Justice System Education Program provides an overview of the justice system for school groups, English as a Second Language classes and programs run by immigrant-serving organizations. Participants visit the courthouse, speak with justice system professionals and experience court in action.
- Court Orientations
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 are taken to a courtroom to watch a real trial in progress and observe the roles of justice system professionals: judges, lawyers, sheriffs, court clerks, juries, witnesses, the accused, and parties involved in civil suits.
- 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. We can provide a mock trial kit so that you can prepare the roles with your group beforehand.
Groups can arrange to perform their mock trial in a real courtroom setting during the day or evening. Groups can also rent robes and costumes to perform mock trials in their own setting for $20.
Standard mock trials (up to 75 minutes) - $50
Advanced mock trials (75 minutes to 3 hrs.) - $75. Special arrangements may be possible for evening sessions.
- 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."