In the spring of 2012, the South Euclid Municipal Court created Democracy Days as a way to give young people and community groups access to daily court actions as well as reinforce many of the civics and social study lessons the youth learn at school. Students from area schools, athletic clubs and groups are allowed access to the South Euclid Municipal Court in an effort to educate about the role of the court system in American Democracy.

Participating observers learn about the “Three Branches of Government,” and how each branch works together. They learn about many jobs and roles within the court system. We explain to them the difference between a plaintiff and a defendant as well as the difference between a prosecutor and a defense lawyer. In addition to having a question and answer session with the Judge and Magistrate, participants have the opportunity to interact with the other court professionals, including the Bailiff, Probation Department and Court Clerks’ offices. Often times, they too will participate by answering questions and giving background about their work. If possible, the South Euclid Police Department will allow observers to tour the jail.

The primary goal of the Democracy Days program is to educate and reinforce the connection between the court and the civic lessons taught and learned. The role of the court is to make sure that justice is available to everyone and that each person understands how this part of government works.

For their participation, observers receive a certificate signed by Judge Byers. At the end of the day, a large group photo is taken that can be provided to the group and highlighted on the courts Facebook and Twitter pages. Lunch is also provided thanks to the generosity of several South Euclid and Lyndhurst area eateries and grocery stores.

We welcome your school group, block watch, small organization, sporting team, neighborhood club, class or other collection of interested individuals to participate. For more information, please contact the court at 216.381.2880 ext. 298 or democracydays@secourt.org

Democracy Days Letter to Educators.

Democracy Days Participation Form.

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