Courts in the Classroom
Supreme Court of Indiana
Division of State Court Administration
30 S. Meridian Street, Ste 500
Indianapolis, IN 46204
History Project Award
from the National Council
on Public History
Jury service is one of the most important responsibilities of citizenship. Unfortunately, many people think of jury service as something to be avoided. This program seeks to change this negative perception by teaching students about both the constitutional provisions related to juries and the actual experience of being summoned to serve on a jury.
Following an examination of provisions about juries in both state and national documents, students will participate in a jury simulation that begins with filling out a real jury summons and questionnaire. The students are then sworn in as jurors. The program concludes with a mock voir dire.
This program can be arranged either in the Supreme Court courtroom in Indianapolis, in a teacher's classroom, or maybe even in a local county courthouse. Whenever possible trial court judges, county prosecutors, and local public defenders will be included in the program.
This program was developed with students in grades 8-12 in mind and meets the appropriate state social studies standards for 8th and 10th grade U.S. History and U.S. Government classes.