Seventy two courthouses throughout Ontario participate in OJEN’s Courthouse Visit Program. Courthouse visits tie into both grades 11 and 12 law curriculum and give students an opportunity to observe the justice system in action and engage with a wide range of justice professionals. Last year, over 26000 Ontario students visited their local courts. This year, the program returns in full swing.
Of all the Ontario courthouses, Toronto’s Superior Court of Justice at 361 University Avenue, welcomes more students than any other. For teachers interested in visiting this courthouse, please note that due to a combination of construction and the incorporation of family law hearings, there is less capacity now than has previously been the case. Consider booking early, and requesting days later in the week (especially Thursdays and Fridays) to increase your chance of getting your first choice of dates. Also, please consider taking advantage of the excellent programming and ample capacity in other GTA courthouses. Courts in places like Newmarket, Brampton, Hamilton and Oshawa is a possibility, are also great options.
OJEN’s online booking form makes it easy to book a court house visit. Click on the link in the box below to locate and choose the courthouse you want to visit. Request your preferred dates and your class information. Download a courthouse visit lesson plan and information on courthouse security protocol. The Courtrooms & Classrooms Coordinator will get back to you to confirm your visit.