The primary goal of Court School is to make a witness’ actual court experience as comfortable as possible.
Court School is designed to provide information about the courtroom setting and procedures to any child, adolescent or adult who will be testifying in a court case.
- Watching an educational video about testifying.
- Reading handouts addressing fears or concerns about being in the courtroom or testifying.
- Taking a tour of a courtroom, including a chance to sit on the witness stand and practice answering questions.
At no time during a Court School session are details about the case, or the witness’ testimony, discussed.
- The witness has a fresh and clear picture of what to expect in the courtroom, alleviating some stress before testifying.
- It allows the deputy district attorney to speak with the witness to discuss last minute details prior to the actual court hearing.
If you are signing your child up for Court School, parents are encouraged to also attend to answer any questions you may have and to provide you with resources to support your child.
Once a referral or request has been received, the advocate will contact you directly to set up a time for Court School that works with your schedule.