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Court Educational Opportunities

Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court offers educational opportunities to children throughout Cuyahoga County. Our Judges visit schools, welcome children into their courtrooms and even hold live Court sessions at middle schools.

"Teaching our children about the justice system is one of our main goals,” says Administrative and Presiding Judge John J. Russo. “When a student understands the legal system and what is at stake, they have a better appreciation for what we do. They also see what happens when a person runs afoul of the law. It’s another building block to making good decisions."

We encourage your school to contact Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court to see what kind of educational experience would best fit your curriculum.

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Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court can accommodate tours from middle and high schools as long as they are booked at least a month in advance. We will provide a Judge to meet with the children and talk about what happens in the Court. The children can then ask questions (and there are usually quite a few!). The children will then be escorted to courtrooms to observe trials and other legal proceedings. We do try to make sure they are appropriate for the age groups.

We cannot accommodate groups larger than 40 due to security and courtroom sizes.

School Visits

For younger children, we usually recommend having a Judge come to your school and visit the children. The Justice Center can be a bit overwhelming for younger students. Also, younger students are generally discouraged from observing in the courtrooms due to the adult nature of the proceedings. If you do want to bring a group of younger children to the Justice Center, we will certainly accommodate you and have them visit a Judge in their courtroom!


Court In The Classroom

Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court is very proud of its program that brings the Court to middle schools. During a 90 minute session, the students will see two actual cases. They are usually a plea change which includes a recitation of Constitutional rights, and a probation sentencing. We choose lower level cases and never ones that include a person in custody. For more information, please click the link below and take a look at our YouTube video.

Click here for more information on Court In The Classroom.

Click here to request a Court visit to your school, a field trip to the Justice Center, or a student shadow opportunity.

How The Courts Work: Teachers can click here for a downloadable .pdf

One of the most important jobs in the Court is jury service. Our new jurors get to watch "Called To Serve" about what they can expect in Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court. We encourage students and teachers to watch so that they have a better understanding of the public's key role in the judicial process!

The Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court is part of the Justice Center complex in downtown Cleveland. Take a quick video tour of the Justice Center, the true heart of the county's legal system.

The Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court looks for ways to help people in the community. We are part of an organization called By The People that seeks to answer questions people may have. A forum in September2015 dealt with housing.

"The mission of the Court is to provide a forum for the fair, impartial and timely resolution of civil and criminal cases."

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