Civics Education

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Civics Education

Welcome! Our Civics Education section features educational resources and materials for teaching and learning about the judicial branch and its role in our democracy.

What's New

Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye highlights the importance of civics, and why it is of special interest to her as leader of the state Judicial Branch. See the full story on the NBC4 Los Angeles website. Learn about the Chief Justice's Civics Learning Initiative.


Find educational resources about the judicial branch for use by:

Judges, Court Staff, and Attorneys


California Judicial Branch Outreach to Students

Learn more about K-12 educational programs offered by the California courts, including information on:

  • Supreme Court Special Sessions
  • Appellate Court Experience Program
  • Court Tours
  • Judges and Attorneys Visiting the Classroom
  • Mock Trials  
  • Youth Courts
  • Law Day
  • Mentorship, Leadership and Career Development
  • DUI Trials in the Schools
  • California On My Honor Teachers Workshops and Institutes


Civic Learning California Summit Video


Student-speaker Diana Ledezma, a Senior at Alliance Judy Ivie Burton Tech Academy, shares her experience a young civic leader at the Civic Learning California Summit. Her school was a recipient of the 2013 Civic Learning Award of Excellence.


Photo Gallery

Chief Justice at Civic Learning California Summit with attendees

California Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye and a committee of civic leaders organized the Civic Learning California Summit to examine successes and barriers to increasing civic literacy in California. The event was filled to capacity and featured special guest U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor (Ret.).

Click to view photos of the event.


Contact Info

Public Affairs
Judicial Council of California
455 Golden Gate Avenue
San Francisco, California


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