Guilty as charged! Most people know about the new Ralph L. Carr Judicial Building that Sonia Sotomayor dedicated. However, few know of the Judicial Learning Center inside.
Guilty as charged! Most people know about the new Ralph L. Carr Judicial Building that Sonia Sotomayor dedicated. However, few know of the Judicial Learning Center inside. The new building opened recently with a room dedicated to teaching citizens about the Rule of Law. This room is called the Judicial Learning Center and is an educational, interactive, and computer-filled haven.
The concept originated with Colorado Supreme Court Chief Justice Michael Benders. “The purpose of the Learning Center is to teach children about the Rule of Law in our society,” Mr. Daniel Cordova, Supreme Court Librarian, writes, via email. “Specifically, it is the Rule of Law through the eyes of judges.” He also stated, “A few other states have a small display about the law, but our center is unique in the nation in that ours is an entire museum dedicated to the Rule of Law.
When you walk in, there is a movie playing explaining how our country became free, and how the system of our government was established. One screen has different images falling from the top. If you press your finger to the image, a caption pops up, explaining a picture. From there, the player categorizes the image in one of four categories: separation of power, guaranteed individual rights, equal protection of law, and due process of law. There is also a map on a screen. A visitor can tap a state and information on that state's judicial system will pop up. The screen I found most interesting was one which a case is presented to you. From there, you decide whether or not the case should be brought before the County Court, District Court, State Court, or the United States Supreme Court. It also explains what percentage of cases presented to each different ranking court are accepted to be reviewed. There was also a screen where visitors play the jury, prosecutor, and defendant. They pick questions from options presented, and the trial plays out on a screen. There are 5 different positions: the three jurors, the defendant, and the prosecutor. There is also a judge’s desk and robes for visitors to try on and take pictures with. This new interactive room is a great place for kids to go and learn about the government!