Civics Education

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

Civic Learning Award 

The Civic Learning Award, co-sponsored by Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye, celebrates public schools' efforts to engage students in civic learning. Visit our Civic Learning Award page for more information. 

Judges in the Classroom

Judges in the Classroom is a pilot program that matches California teachers with judges who can visit their K-12 classrooms to assist with students' inquiries into the judicial branch, the Constitution, rule of law, and related topics. 

Downloadable handouts about the 3 Branches of Government can be used in any classroom! 

Elementary School
Middle School
High School

Other Lessons and Resources

California on My Honor (COMH) was a professional development opportunity for teachers to learn about the California courts. Click here to access lessons and resources developed by COMH teachers.

This California Department of Education website has more law-related education resources: My Digital Chalkboard

Importance of Civic Learning


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.

Contact Info

Judicial Outreach

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