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    The purpose of the
    Florida Supreme Court Tour Program is to
    provide scheduled educational tours and programs at the Florida Supreme Court for students and visitors.

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    THE EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM & TOUR

    NOTE:

    The Florida Supreme Court reserves the right change the type of tour requested based on scheduling conflicts, staffing constraints or changes in the nature of the tour.

    The Florida Supreme Court reserves the right to cancel any tours that conflict with its normal operation of business.

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    EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM - for students 4th Grade through College

    The Educational Program takes place in the Supreme Court courtroom and educates students about the judicial branch, Florida’s court system, the differences between trial and appellate courts and the role of the justices and how they are appointed and retained.

    For school groups too large to participate in a Mock Oral Argument activity, a "verbal" Mock Oral Argument can be discussed. Well-behaved groups will be allowed a picture-taking opportunity on the bench - time and group size permitting.

    Educational programs normally last 40 - 45 minutes.

    BUILDING TOUR - for all ages

    The Building Tour is a fast, concise walking tour through the Rotunda, Portrait Gallery, courtroom and Library that discusses the courthouse, justices and tidbits of court history. There is no picture-taking opportunity on the bench for students but cameras are allowed on the tour. This is a good option for younger students, and others, who have a busy tour day scheduled and just need a brief introduction to the Florida Supreme Court.

    Large groups will be split into reasonable sizes to accommodate noise levels.

    Building tours normally last 20 - 30 minutes.

    Request a Tour Using the ON-LINE Tour Registration Form

     

    EDUCATIONAL TOUR - for adults

    An Educational Tour is reserved for high-school age and older groups with fewer than 40 participants. This tour brings the history of the Court to life and is more in-depth than the building tour. Visitors learn fascinating information about the supreme court building and the personalities that have given life to the Court over the years.

    The tour includes the rotunda, courtroom, library and rare book room. Groups are also allowed a picture-taking opportunity on the bench - time and group size permitting. Educational tours vary depending on the age and size of the group but normally last 40 - 45 minutes. These tours can be tailored to fit your group's schedule.

    Among other fascinating stories, visitors will hear stories about the the bullet hole in the front door, the "faceless justice", and the justice who was stopped by a security officer for whistling in the hallway and told whistling was not allowed in the building!

    Educational tours normally last 45 minutes.