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My Court Visit Essay

Courtroom Observation Report Essay

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For my observation, I chose to observe a civil case that had to do with a divorce. I did some research on the cases, and chose one that was similar to an experience I went through. My parents are currently separated, and my father simply refused to pay child support. He lives outside of the state, so it was hard for my mother to have face to face confrontation with him. She got tired of raising three kids on her own, and finally decided to take him to court. I was required to serve as a witness. This took place in 2009, so I was thirteen years old and didn’t really understand much of what was going on. I timidly walked to the stand and was sworn in. I then answered the questions the attorney asked me.
The divorce case I observed has been…show more content…

For my observation, I chose to observe a civil case that had to do with a divorce. I did some research on the cases, and chose one that was similar to an experience I went through. My parents are currently separated, and my father simply refused to pay child support. He lives outside of the state, so it was hard for my mother to have face to face confrontation with him. She got tired of raising three kids on her own, and finally decided to take him to court. I was required to serve as a witness. This took place in 2009, so I was thirteen years old and didn’t really understand much of what was going on. I timidly walked to the stand and was sworn in. I then answered the questions the attorney asked me.
The divorce case I observed has been ongoing since 2010, and I expected the debate to be over child support. I expected to see a debate between both parties. I also expected to see the defendant being placed under arrest due to his failure to pay child support. I expected to learn how a case in court is presented, but this time on a more mature level.
I went to the Cobb County Superior Court on November 19, 2013. I already knew what a court room would look like because I had to appear in court as a witness. I walked into the courthouse, and had to go through what felt like airport security. After the security walkthrough was over, I asked one of the officers if it was ok for me to just walk into a courtroom. I’m an extremely shy person, and the thought of walking into the

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Aim

The aim of the court report is to get you out of the classroom and into the courtroom to see how the law works in practice! We would like you to visit a court to observe proceedings for a couple of hours and then write a report on your visit.

Planning your court visit

It is important to have an understanding of the court system before you embark on your visit. Therefore, please complete the required reading for Week 1 and 2 before visiting a court.

Your best chance of seeing a court case from beginning to end will be in the Local Court or District Court. Please be aware that there is no certainty that the magistrate or judge will reach a decision while you are in court and we do not expect you to stay until a decision is…show more content…

Nor is it permissible to take any type of electronic recording device into a courtroom. When you arrive at the court you may wish to introduce yourself to a court officer. Explain that you are a student and that you have the task of observing and reporting on a court case. You should ask the Court Officer whether the taking of notes is permitted. The Court Officer may also be helpful in providing information concerning the case being heard. As you enter and leave the courtroom while the court is in session, you should stop, face the bench and bow. When the magistrate or judge enters and leaves the courtroom, you should stand up. The magistrate or judge will then bow to those present in the courtroom. It is a mark of respect by those present to bow back. The structure of your report

A) Background details

State precisely:

• name of the court visited
• date of the visit
• name of the case
• name of presiding judge or magistrate
• subject matter of the case, and whether it was a civil or criminal matter
• whether the parties were represented and by whom- private solicitors or barristers, the DPP or Legal Aid.

These facts can be stated in point form. These background details are necessary so that