Education and Community Outreach
Programs for Teachers and Students
Delaware Law Related Education Center (DELREC)
The Delaware Law Related Education Center, Inc. (DELREC)is a statewide consortium of educators, attorneys, judges, law enforcement officers and other community leaders with a mission to enhance the presence of law-related education initiatives in Delaware. Programs include: CIVITAS, Constitution Day, Law Day, Lawyer in the Classroom, Legal Diversity Pipeline Project, Student Resource Officer Training, Teacher Training, We the People, and Youth Summits.
Delaware High School Mock Trial Competition
In February of each year, the Delaware Judiciary hosts the annual statewide high school mock trial championship in the New Castle County Courthouse. The mock trial competition provides a chance for high school students to learn more about the justice system and helps them to acquire lifetime skills in such diverse areas as analytical thinking, public speaking and persuasion. For more information, contact the Delaware Law Related Education Center.
Delaware Grade School Mock Trial
The Delaware Courts have developed a mock trial presided over by a judge for children in Grades 2 through 8. The program is designed to expose students visiting the Courthouse to a “real life experience” with court processes. For more information, contact Sarah Lubin.
Miracle on 34th Street
The Delaware Judiciary and the Delaware State Bar Association invite children in Grades 3 through 6 to witness the reenactment of the courtroom scene from Miracle on 34th Street. The play is an opportunity for children to experience a trial setting in a real courtroom and provides a civics lesson using real lawyers, judges and other legal officials. For more information, contact Richard K. Herrmann, Esquire.
Teacher’s Guidebook on the Bill of Rights
The Supreme Court of Delaware and the Administrative Office of the Courts have developed a guidebook to educate children in Grades 3 though 6 about the Bill of Rights. Click HERE to download a copy.
Lawyer in the Classroom
The Administrative Office of the Courts and DELREC sponsor "Lawyer in a Classroom" which brings attorneys into classrooms to speak to students.
Teacher Externship Program
A project of the Delaware Business/Industry/Education (BIE) Alliance, the Delaware State Chamber of Commerce, and the Delaware Department of Education, the Teacher Externship Program places educators inside the business community to learn about the academic skills used everyday and to talk to the employers who use them. To learn more about the program or how you can serve an externship with the Delaware Courts, click HERE.
The Delaware Judiciary Youth Forum
The Delaware Judiciary Youth Forum offers an experiential learning program for 6th through 8th grade students. A tour of the New Castle County Courthouse is followed by a visit to a courtroom where students will meet a judge, attorneys, and court staff and learn about jury service and the elements of a trial. The formal program is interrupted by a “surprise” which will give students a chance to learn hands-on how a jury trial works. There will be opportunities throughout the day to ask questions of people who work in the field of law and the courts. Students arrive at the New Castle County Courthouse located at 500, North King Street in Wilmington at 9 a.m. and board their buses for the return trip to school at 12:30 p.m.
To learn more about the program or to register your school or group, please contact Kathryn Wolinski with the Administrative Office of the Courts at 302-255-0094 or by email at Kathryn.Wolinski@state.de.us.
The Administrative Office of the Courts provides courthouse tours for schools and the public interested in learning about the judicial system and the career opportunities available at the courthouse. If interested, please contact Karen Antonelli.