Court Visitors Program is one of the most positive and rewarding
experiences that a court can give young students. Most youths only
exposure to the judicial system is through watching Judges Judy,
Joe Brown, or others on television. In contrast, visiting 36th District
Court is their first experience in a "real" court environment. In
meeting a Judge, or in seeing the court as an integral part of the
criminal justice system.
Visitors are encouraged to tour the court on
Tuesdays, Wednesdays or Thursdays between the hours of 9:30 a.m.
to 11:30 a.m. On-demand or short notice site visits are not available
as all visitors must be scheduled in advance to allow for security
clearance in entering the building, room reservations, and courtroom
availability. After arrival, visitors are escorted to the General
Assembly Room where a court representative gives an overview of the court process.
They are also informed what to expect and learn about courtroom
decorum for their visit to a court session.
Hundreds of students have participated in the program. Visitors were from:
- Wolverine Human Services in Detroit, an at-risk youth facility
- Academy of the Sacred Heart in West Bloomfield
- Wayne Elementary School in Detroit
- Several Other Detroit Public Schools