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October 30, 2019

Best Student Program

Superior Court of California,
County of San Bernardino

The Superior Court of California, County of San Bernardino hosted 7 Law Day programs to promote awareness of the judiciary, foster civic education values, and highlight First Amendment principles, which included: 15 school field trips for elementary, middle, and high school students; a career fair; 4 undergraduate campus programs; Native American Student Law Day; 2 in-school contests; a legal clinic and consultation day; and an informational outreach campaign.

Over 1,100 students from 26 schools across the area, visited 5 San Bernardino County court facilitates to engage in discussions, mock trials, and tours with court personnel, in addition to viewing real court proceedings with a post conversation. Native American students had the opportunity to visit San Manuel Tribal Court and compare that to the county court proceedings. Grade school students also participated in poster and essay contests.

To impact students and their families outside of the area, the Court composed and distributed 500 brochures with facts and trivia on free speech. A digital version of the brochure facts was displayed on the jury assembly room screens across 5 court districts. Widespread outreach was a focus of the Court and factored into the variety of their programming.