Austin Municipal Court (AMC) is throwing a week-long party to celebrate Texas Municipal Courts Week. Members of the public, specifically Austin-area children and teens, are invited to 700 E. 7th Nov. 5 through Nov. 9 for tours, driving simulators, a mock trial, and more.
All activities are kid- and teen-friendly and without age restrictions unless otherwise stated, and we’re especially looking for our home-school students to join in on the fun. Children younger than 5 years old need to be accompanied by an adult at all times.
Para más información o para inscribirse para el juicio simulado, llame al 512-974-4800.
-- Court Tours & Judge Q&A: 9:30AM; 11AM; 4PM
Tour guides will walk participants through Austin Municipal Court, while explaining the roles of clerks and judges at the Court. Each tour will end with a question-and-answer session with one of the AMC judges.
-- Driving Simulator: 10AM-1PM (Ages 15 and older)
-- Information table on continuing education and student services: 10AM-1PM, provided by Austin Community College
Nov. 7 (Ages 15 and older)
-- Driving with Fatal Vision Goggles: 10AM-NOON
Star Cart (sponsored by Austin Police Department’s PAL program) is an Interactive program geared to help participants understand the dangers of driving while impaired. The participants will use Fatal Vision goggles, which are specially made to give the appearance of being impaired, while driving a golf court through a course of cones.
Nov. 8 (All events for people ages 15 and older)
-- Teens in the Driver Seat & Driving Simulator: 2-8PM
Teens in the Driver Seat is a nationwide organization focused on peer-to-peer education in which teens promote teen driving safety through various methods.
-- Impact Teen Driver: 5-9PM
Impact Teen Driver Driving is a national organization that reaches teens and parents through evidenced-based presentations that focus on making good choices, providing education about graduated driver's license programs, and incorporating victim-impact stories.
-- What do you consider lethal?: 6-8PM. Focus-group class. Registration required.
Presentation is a 1.5 hour, evidenced-base program developed by Impact Teen Driving for parents and their teens to engage one another in a vital discussion about teen driving, which is the No. 1 killer of teens, more so than suicide and murder combined. The presentation will focus on the risks and dangers of inexperienced driving, discuss the Texas Graduated Driver License Program, and engage participants in an impactful victim component. Finally, participants will be given the opportunity to provide feedback as Municipal Court launches this class to the community. Municipal Court is requesting interested parents and teens to register and be part of making an impact on services to the community.
-- Safety Seat Demonstration: 10AM-NOON.
Safety Seat Demo and educational and information table, sponsored by Safe Kids, Ascension Family of Hospitals
-- The Mock Trial of the Year: NOON-1PM (for elementary-age children). Registration is full for this event.
The Mock Trial will involve an American superhero a defendant who received a traffic citation. The trial will be a fun and interactive way for elementary-age children to learn about the inner-workings of a trial with a real judge and real attorneys. Children will also have the opportunity to be juror members – putting their decision-making skills to the test with this hero's fate on the line!
For more information, call the Austin Municipal Court at 512-974-4800.