Educational Resources about Missouri's Judicial System
The Supreme Court of Missouri has produced two educational videos about the Missouri court system for use in classrooms throughout the state. The videos are available online courtesy of the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.
The first video, Know All About Missouri Courts, is targeted to elementary-age children. This four-minute video is narrated by the three daughters of Supreme Court Judge Laura Denvir Stith and discusses, in simple terms, how the state's court system works.
The second video, Missouri Courts, is targeted to high-school students and adults. This 10-minute video features all seven judges of the Supreme Court of Missouri and Missouri's governor as they explain Missouri's court system and method of selecting judges.
To aid teachers in using these educational videos and in leading classroom discussions about the Missouri Judiciary, the Supreme Court of Missouri also has developed lesson plans and student handouts. These are attached below.
For use with the Know All About the Courts elementary video:
- Elementary Lesson Plan -- Know All About the Courts.pdf
- Know All About Your Courts student handout.pdf
For use with the Missouri Courts high-school video:
For comments or questions about these educational resources, or to request VHS or DVD copies of the videos, please contact Communications Counsel Beth Riggert at the Supreme Court of Missouri by e-mail at email@example.com or by telephone at (573) 751-3676.
In addition, The Missouri Bar (the organization of all lawyers licensed in the state) provides extensive support for classroom learning about the law, the legal system and the courts through its website for educators.