The Supreme Court, Civil Branch in New York County offers free tours by appointment to groups of students (fifth grade through college), civic organizations, senior citizens’ groups and others interested in getting a first hand look at the New York State court system.
Tour groups meet inside 60 Centre Street under the beautifully restored and much-reproduced mural, “Law Through the Ages,” which adorns the court’s historic rotunda. As the tour proceeds, participants enjoy an informative lecture on the structure of the New York State court system, learn about the jury process and its place in our democracy, get an overview of careers in the courts and observe a real trial. Young people or others may even choose, instead of a lecture, to play the role of Judge, lawyer, witness or juror in a mock trial. Tours can be tailored to a number of educational goals to ensure that group members complete their experience with a deepened understanding of the New York State judicial system.
Court Tours are currently suspended due to COVID-19.