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Division One


Educational Visit

An Invitation: High school and junior high teachers, students welcomed to attend oral argument before the Arizona Court of Appeals, Division One

The Arizona Court of Appeals, Division One, invites area high school and junior high teachers to bring students to Court to learn about the judicial system.Students learn about the Court by witnessing an oral argument live in the State Courts Building and meeting with one or more Judges after oral argument.

  • Before visiting, teachers receive briefs from the case to help students understand the issues at stake in a particular case.
  • During oral argument, students hear lawyers on each side make their strongest arguments while being questioned by Judges on the Arizona Court of Appeals.
  • After oral argument, students meet with one or more Judges on the Court to discuss the Court, the role of a Judge and answer questions the students may have.
  • Judges cannot discuss pending cases.

Students come away from the experience with a better understanding of the judicial system and the legal issues involved in a case before the Arizona Court of Appeals. They learn that judges must resolve disputes according to the law and the facts of a case in a fair, neutral, impartial and non- partisan manner.

To learn more or schedule a visit, please visit the Arizona Court of Appeals, Division One, website and complete and submit the Scheduling a School Visit Form. More information is available on the Court’s website or by contacting hr@appeals.az.gov .

Teachers who are unable to bring students to Phoenix also should be aware that oral arguments are available on the Court’s website at http://www.azcourts.gov/coa1/Oral-Argument-Recordings and are then posted to YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/c/arizonacoa.Case decisions by the Court are available at the website at http://www.azcourts.gov/coa1/Search-Decisions

Please note: Scheduling a School Visit Forms are processed as they are received. When all sessions have been filled, unscheduled classes will be placed on a waiting list. Given courtroom size limitations, there is a limit of participants per hearing, including students, teachers and chaperones. The Court’s schedule is subject to change, sometimes on short notice. In conjunction with oral argument at the Court, teachers also may wish to arrange separately for their students to visit the Arizona State Legislature( https://www.azleg.gov) or tour the Arizona Capitol Museum (https://azlibrary.gov/azcm/plan-your-visit)