History - The Connecticut Court Visitation
Program is sponsored by the Connecticut Bar Association, Connecticut
Judicial Branch, Connecticut Consortium for Law and Citizenship Education,
Connecticut Judges Association, and the Connecticut Department of Education.
For 19 years, the Connecticut Court Visitation Program has provided
attorney-guided tours of the state’s courts for students in grades seven
through twelve. During that time, more than 57,000 students have
participated in the program.
Purpose - The goal of
the Court Visitation Program is to acquaint students and community members
with some of the basic steps used in both civil and criminal court
processes, as well as, special legal vocabulary. Tours usually include the
opportunity to observe an arraignment, visit the lockup and attend a trial
if one is in session. In addition, judges, prosecutors, bail commissioners,
clerks and other court personnel may take time out of their day to address
tour groups. Attorney guides will accompany tour groups throughout the visit
answering any questions members of the group may have.
groups are now invited and encouraged to take advantage of this unique
opportunity to have a behind the scenes look at our court system in action.
To schedule a visit, please contact the Connecticut
Bar Association at least three weeks prior to the earliest date that you
would like to schedule a court visit or attorney presentation.