Supreme Court of the State of New York

The Supreme Court of the State of New York is the highest trial-level court for civil cases in New York County. It can trace its origins back to 1691, when appeals would be taken to the Privy Council in London. The current courthouse building opened in 1927, as a replacement for the Tweed Courthouse. Originally designed in the style of a Roman Coliseum, 700 feet in diameter, the final building was built according to a hexagonal plan. The interior features murals such as “The History of the Law”, which depicts the history of law over millennia. Educational tours can teach groups about the structure and processes of the court system.

contact info

Hrs: By appointment.


Tours of the courts offer students a unique opportunity to learn about the dynamics of the state’s court system with a guided tour of the court’s civil branch, and the chance to observe a real trial! They will engage in an educational talk about the structure of the court system and learn about the jury selection process, court proceedings, and possible career opportunities in the courts. Depending on grade level, groups may have the option to speak with a judge, or to hold a mock trial where they roleplay as judges, lawyers, witnesses, and jurors.

supports classroom learning in:
Social Studies

topics covered:
government, law

contact info
Name: Jorge Rubel
Phone: 646-386-3902.


Grade Level: Elementary School, Middle School, High School Group Size: Varies. Program Type: Day Trips, Guided Tours, Guided Activities. Recomm. Length of Visit: 1 hour-90 minutes. Recommended Ratio of Youth to Chaperones: n/a.Recommended Ratio of Youth to Chaperones: n/a.Recommended Ratio of Youth to Chaperones: n/a. Registration: Phone. Food Options: n/a. Cost: Free Title I or Financial Support: n/a. Accessible To: n/a.

Legislature Lesson Plan

Field trips to the U.S. Capitol or state legislature can be a powerful learning experiences. Have your students study the history and structure of their state legislature or the federal government. How many members, how are they selected and how long do they serve? How are laws past and who are your representatives? What is the leadership and what are standing committees? When possible, make a reservation to visit your representative’s office.

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