Court system educational resources

Find additional educational resources about the courts and court processes.

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We have provided links to these sites because they have information that may be of interest to our users. The Supreme Judicial Court does not endorse any independently operated websites. We hope your visit to our site was informative.

iCivics

Founded and led by Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, iCivics provides students with the tools they need for active participation and democratic action, and teachers with the materials and support to achieve this.

Student tours

Teachers, students, and visitors of all ages are invited to visit the historic John Adams Courthouse, headquarters of the Massachusetts judicial branch. Conveniently located on Pemberton Square between the Massachusetts State House and Government Center, the John Adams Courthouse houses the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, the Massachusetts Appeals Court, and the Social Law Library, the nation's oldest law library. The John Adams Courthouse is generally open for visitors on normal business days, Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Court sessions are open to the public. To learn more about tours, email TourRequests@sjc.state.ma.us

Additional Resources

The Massachusetts Court System

Massachusetts state government

  • Home page of Massachusetts state government containing links to the Governor's office and the General Court (Legislature).
  • Site of Doric Dames, Inc., a non-political, non-profit organization that provides information about and tours of the historic Bulfinch State House.

The Massachusetts Constitution

The Massachusetts jury system

John Adams

The separation of powers and checks and balances

The Massachusetts Constitution and slavery

The United States judiciary and constitution

For kids

Many sites provide excellent lesson plans and other educational materials.

  • The Center for Civic Education has several excellent instructional programs. We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution offers free curricular materials (and teacher training institutes) on the history and principles of constitutional democracy. Different materials are available for elementary, middle, and high school students.

  • Discovering Justice is a recognized leader in civic education dedicated to preparing young people to value the justice system, realize the power of their own voices, and embrace civic responsibility by connecting classrooms and courtrooms. Discovering Justice places a special emphasis on the needs of children, particularly those from underserved communities.

  • The home page of Street Law, a program dedicated to providing legal education in schools and other community settings.

  • Public education resources provided by the American Bar Association.

  • This site, created by Professor Douglas Linder of the University of Missouri at Kansas City Law School, contains extensive resource materials on many famous trials, including the Salem Witchcraft trials, the Boston Massacre trial, the Amistad trial, the Sacco-Vanzetti trials, and others.

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