Journey Through Justice Program

The Journey Through Justice Program works in cooperation with the Courtroom to Classroom ProgramPDF Download offered by Leon County Teen Court at the Leon County Courthouse.

This program is designed to give students a complete understanding of the court system and Florida's third branch of government. The program is divided into two parts: the mock trial experience and the mock oral argument experience. (These do not have to be done on the same day)

Mock Trial

Using the program called Courtroom to ClassroomPDF Download developed by local teachers and the Florida Law Related Education Association, the Leon County Teen Court staff visits participating schools and prepares students for a mock trial experience. This hands-on role-playing experience introduces students to the various roles in a trial courtroom. Contact Quenita White at 577-4467 or Dana McMillian at 577-8090 for more information about the mock trial experience.

Mock Oral Argument

The Mock Oral Argument Experience occurs after the mock trial experience and allows students to step into the roles of the court and act out one of the many hypothetical appellate cases. This hands-on role-playing experience fosters critical thinking and is a great addition to the Classroom to Courtroom Program. No advance prep work is necessary. Contact Emilie Rietow at 921-9446 for more information about the mock oral argument experience.

SAMPLE one day, two class Journey Through Justice Tour

Note: times are flexible depending on each school's need

Periods or Groups

Field Trip Day Bus Times

Leon County Courthouse:
 Mock Trial and Tours

Lunch on 22nd Floor of new Capitol Building

Supreme Court –
 Mock OA
(alternate with New Capitol)

New Capitol – Mock Session
(alternate with Supreme Court)

Bus Pick-up on dolphin side of the new Capitol Building

A & B

(Bus arrives 9:30)

Depart School – 9:45 am

Arrive 10:15

Begin Program 10:30

Leave Courthouse 12:30pm

12:30 - 12:45 walk to Capitol Bldg.

12:45 - 1:15 lunch @ 22nd Floor Capitol

1:15 - 1:30 clean-up/walk to next point

Group A:
1:30 - 2:45

*15 min. travel time
Group B:
3:00 - 4:15

Group B: 1:30 - 2:45

*15 min. travel time

Group A: 3:00 - 4:15

4:15 for all groups

Arrive School approx. 4:45pm

Morning Component - Courtroom to the Classroom

  • Groups will be divided into two. While one group is participating in the mock trial, the other will be touring the county courthouse.

Afternoon Component - Florida Supreme Court & Capitol Tours

Groups will be divided into two. While one group is participating in the mock oral argument at the Florida Supreme Court, the other will be conducting a mock legislative session in the Senate Chambers at the new capitol.

  • Supreme Court:
    This tour is normally led by a staff attorney or knowledgeable volunteer. Students act out an oral argument by using a hypothetical case and play the roles of justices, lawyers, the Clerk and the Marshal. The Mock OA lasts 90 minutes.
  • New Capitol Tours:
    Mock Legislative Session in the Senate Chambers:  Students will be briefed in the history of the Chamber, determine an appropriate topic for a new Bill, debate the topic (with a Senate volunteer as the facilitator) and vote to pass the Bill.  Mock Session lasts 45 to 60 minutes.

    Contact the Senate Secretary's Office at 487-5270 to make your reservation.

NOTE: This schedule is very flexible. If unable to work the new Capitol into the schedule, other arrangements can be made for the afternoon portion of the field trip.