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Court Tours

The Superior Court of the State of California, County of Kings is pleased to provide Court Tours for students in the Kings County area. The tours provide a unique opportunity for students to view the inner workings of the justice system, and includes viewing a Court proceeding and speaking with a Judicial Officer.

Scheduling a Court Tour

Court Tours are available for students in sixth grade and above, by reservation only. Tours are held on Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Reservations can be made by calling the Court Tours Coordinator at (559) 582-1010, x5002. Court Tour groups must be limited in size to no more than 30 students at a time with an appropriate number of adult supervisors. Due to the comprehensiveness of the tour, Court calendars, and limited Court resources, usually only one group can be scheduled each day.

What to Expect on a Court Tour

The Tour begins with students and faculty/parents meeting with the Court Tours Coordinator in front of the Courthouse. The students pass through the metal detector and security checkpoint at the entrance to the Courthouse, emphasizing for the students the importance of intense security in the Court system.

Students are taken to the Jury Assembly area of the Court to be introduced to Jury Services. This affords the students an opportunity to understand what they can expect should they be called to jury duty once they are 18 years of age.

The students will next proceed to the Case Processing Divisions, Information Technology and then to one of six courtrooms to meet with one of the Court's Judicial Officers. The Judge may choose to meet with the students in the actual courtroom or in his/her chambers, and will generally explain the overall duties and responsibilities of a Judicial Officer. As time permits, the Judge will conduct a question-and-answer session with the students. If the Judge is not available, the Court Executive Officer will speak with the students. Once this is finished, the Court Tours Coordinator will escort the students to a courtroom to watch a trial or other Court proceeding.

Courthouse Etiquette

Before taking a Court Tour, it is important for students to understand the etiquette required in Court. Educators are encouraged to talk to students about the "Court do's and don'ts" prior to their tour.

Do speak softly and maintain a professional demeanor in the hallways
     and stairwells of the Court.

Do remember that there are bathrooms located outside of each
     courtroom.

Do be respectful to the Judge; address him or her as "Your Honor" or
     "Judge."      

Do turn off pagers and cellular telephones while visiting the Court.

Do dress appropriately; this is a professional setting and students are
     encouraged to dress accordingly.

Do bring pens or pencils and paper to take notes; there is a lot to learn
     from a visit to the Court, and students are encouraged to take notes
     of their observations.

Do not bring heavy backpacks or totes into the Court as this delays
          the security processes.

Do not speak in the courtroom during a Court proceedings.

Do not chew gum in the courtroom.

Do not bring food or beverages into the courtroom.

Do not repeat to your fellow students what you heard in the courtroom
          while still in the Court; there may be jurors, attorneys, or parties
          to the case that may hear information from you they are not
          allowed to hear.

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