The Courthouse Experience Program provides students in grades 5-12 with an authentic opportunity to learn about the justice system by observing real cases and court procedures. Each year, nearly 5,000 students watch the law come alive on these enriching and valuable visits to the Multnomah County Courthouse and the Justice Center, led by committed volunteers from a wide variety of backgrounds.
Groups visit three buildings during the tour. It begins in the Gus Solomon Federal Courthouse, 620 SW Main Street in Portland for a brief orientation. Next, students walk three blocks to the Justice Center to observe arraignments and community court. The last stop is the Multnomah County Courthouse where students observe trials and other court procedures.
Courthouse tours are offered on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays throughout the school year. Tours begin at approximately 9:00 a.m. and end around noon. Each tour can accommodate up to 60 students. This page is updated often so check again right before you register to confirm that the date you want is still available.
“Thanks so much for once again giving our students a real taste of the criminal justice system. The students particularly enjoyed the opportunity to converse with judges, who were very generous with their time. These sessions are always so eye-opening, and yesterday’s [tour] was especially well-organized. Thanks so much to [our guides] and all the folks at CLP who made our day so fruitful.” —Paul Hogan, Academic Vice Principal, Jesuit High School