What's Happening in Court? is intended for children who are in court for any reason-whether they are witnesses, visitors to the courthouse, or involved in a case. It aims to introduce children to the court processes in which they are or could be involved, the people who work in the judicial system, and the vocabulary that surrounds judicial proceedings. It is meant to be used as a teaching tool that may foster conversations between children and adults about the court system, and as a game site that gives children who are in court something to do while they wait. This site is not intended to give or substitute for legal advice.

Children of all ages can enjoy this site. Depending on their age, ability, and interest, they may look at and color the pictures, read the text, play the games, or do the activities.

We hope California's children will find this site interesting and fun.


What's Happening in Court? was written in 1999 by the Center for Families, Children & the Courts and produced by the dedicated staff of the Administrative Office of the Courts. The site was illustrated by San Francisco artists Andrew DeWitt and Robert Gutierrez; the interactive Web version was created by Ilen Zazueta-Hall. The project was made possible by the generous support of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.


This interactive activity site allows you to complete a number of games about the court system online. It is optimized for Javascript 3.2-compatible browsers. You will need to enable Javascript for full interactivity.

You can also click here to download a full copy of the activity book that you can print out. You will need to have the Adobe Acrobat Reader on your system to view the activity book, which is available free from Adobe's Web site at www.adobe.com This is an external link. Click this icon for our external linking policy..


Do you want to tell us what you think about this site? Although we can't answer your questions, we would like to hear your comments. You can write to us at cfcc@jud.ca.gov.

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