Youth Courthouse Project Committee
The Youth Courthouse Committee gives free tours of the Circuit Court to middle school students and occasionally to other groups. Students spend the morning participating in a mock trial and seeing courtroom presentations. Students have an opportunity to speak with the Honorable Robert A. Greenberg or other members of the bench, see a canine demonstration, visit the lock-up, hear a presentation by the Deputy Sheriff, and visit an actual courtroom in session to watch part of a trial.
This is a great opportunity to learn about court proceedings and job opportunities. If you know of anyone who would like to schedule a school tour, please contact either Co-Chair.
Stephen Allen coaches students on the defense team during a mock trial.
Courthouse Tour with Forest Oak Middle School.
On November 3, 2014, students from Kingsview Middle School located in Germantown, MD came to the Circuit Court for a tour with the Youth Courthouse Project. The students participated in a Montgomery County Police Department SWAT Team demonstration, watched a K-9 demonstration, viewed a lock up area used as a holding cell with the assistance of Captain John Bean of the Sheriff's Department, and participated in a mock trial and role play with the assistance of committee members Assistant State's Attorney's Sheri Koch and Steve Chaiken, and more.
Pictured with the students are committee members Louise Schwartz, Esq., Co-Chair Patricia Via, Esq., and Co-Chair Holly Reed, Esq.
Administrative Judge John Debelius speaks with students from Gaithersburg Middle School during a tour offered by the Youth Courthouse Project Committee.
Assistant State's Attorney Amy Bills giving a powerpoint presentation to student from Shady Grove Middle school during a February Youth Courthouse Project tour.
In December, students from Col. E Brooke Lee Middle School toured the Circuit Court for Montgomery County. Pictured are the students, along with Judge Debelius, Youth Courthouse Committee Co Chair's Holly Reed, and Patty Via, Committee Secretary Diana Metcalf, and Sue Carter.
Judge Sharon Burrell is pictured with students from KIPP D.C. AIM Academy after taking questions from the student during a Youth Courthouse Project Committee tour. Pictured with the students are committee Co-Chair Patricia Via, Esq., and Louise Schwartz, Esq.