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Community Outreach Initiatives

Engaging and educating the community--all community members are invited to learn about the judges, court initiatives and news of the Fourth Judicial District. Explore the different ways schools, neighborhood associations, faith-based organizations and concerned citizens can learn more about the judiciary. 

Speakers Bureau
Judges and court staff speak at schools, legal associations and other community organizations to help educate about the judiciary and court processes. 

Community Events
To help educate and ensure access to court services, the Fourth District participates in several community events that reach out to families and children, communities of color and lower-income individuals.

Mock Trial Tournaments
Students throughout the state experience a mock trial in Hennepin County Government Center courtrooms.

Observe Court--Free & Open to the Public
Most court proceedings are open to the public on a first come, first served basis during regular business hours.  For more information, contact Public Affairs.

High School Curriculum
The lesson "Judicial Independence" provided by The American Judicature Society includes online resources for teachers, lecture notes, discussion questions, suggested activities, assignments, handouts and overheads.

"Meet Your Court" Cable Television Progam
"Meet Your Court" is a weekly public affairs program on Cable TV presented by the Minnesota Judicial Branch.  For information on the program, including the broadcast schedule and tape lending library, contact Ken Bergstrom at 612-348-3327.

Judicial Ride-Alongs
Community members get an inside look into the courts and being a judge with this unique opportunity to "shadow" a judge.

For assistance with Speakers Bureau, Community Events, Court Tours and Judicial Ride-Alongs contact:

Nancy Peters
Public Affairs
612-348-5022 (phone)
Send an email via our contact form