The Justice Teaching Institute (JTI) provides innovative hands-on training to 20 to 25 secondary teachers in Florida each year. The program is recognized internationally as a model in law-related civic education. And its graduates receive the honor of becoming Fellows of the Justice Teaching Institute. The List of Fellows is maintained on this website.
Sponsored and hosted by the Supreme Court of Florida, this five day training incorporates:
- Mock oral arguments
- Overview of the State Courts System
- Technology and the Courts
- Alternative dispute resolution
- Law-related lessons
- History of the Supreme Court of Florida
- Visits to the trial and appellate courts
- Case studies
- Issues confronting the state courts
- And more!
The next statewide JTI will be held in early 2015 at the Supreme Court Building in Tallahassee. Travel expenses, in accordance with state guidelines, and substitute coverage are paid for participants.
One of Florida's greatest strengths is the rich social, ethnic, and gender diversity of its citizenry, and inclusion of diverse population groups is a priority of the State Courts System. Thus, the Justice Teaching Institute encourages participation by teachers who will interact with students or diverse backgrounds or who are themselves members of a minority group. After successfully completing the Institute, teachers will receive certificates recognizing them as Fellows of the Justice Teaching Institute, signed by the Chief Justice and the Commissioner of Education.
Teachers who participated in previous JTI training sessions will conduct colleague training seminars in their local communities. If you are a Florida middle or high school teacher who is interested in attending the next JTI please contact the Florida Law Related Education Association for program information at:
Justice Teaching Institute
Attn: Annette Boyd Pitts, Executive Director
2930 Kerry Forest Parkway, Suite 202
Tallahassee, FL 32309