Brielle Thompson and Chelcie Joiner recently visited Judge Scott P. Taylor’s courtroom for their Oral Communications class.
What was it like visiting court?
Brielle: First we had to go through medical detectors.
Chelcie: The courtroom had two rows of wooden pews. Role call took at least 20 mins. If you were absent or late, the Judge would issue an Alias Warrant.
Why did you go on the field trip?
Brielle: Basically to see how court was and how the judges and the people at court interacted with each other. They had a “Mock Trial.” If the trials were more interesting, I would definitely go back.
What was it like being in court?
Brielle: It was nothing like Judge Judy. The people there weren’t disrespectful or rude, just uneducated.
Chelcie: They knew the judge would add to their sentence if they acted out in the courtroom.
What were the rules of the courtroom?
Brielle: No phones or pictures, shirts must be tucked in, and no shorts or flip-flops.
Chelcie: If your phone goes off in court, it will be taken and you’ll be fined $50 to get it back. You basically have to buy it back.
Both girls agreed it was an interesting trip!