Information for Students & Teachers

A basic understanding of our justice system and its role in preserving and protecting our democracy is critical for students of all ages. This page lists programs offered by the Judicial Branch to promote a better understanding of how the courts in Maine work and provides links to informative, nonpartisan resources and websites.

Law Day 2023 "Cornerstones of Democracy: Civics, Civility, and Collaboration"

2023 Law Day Logo

Law Day is observed on May 1st and throughout the month of May. Established in 1958 by President Dwight D. Eisenhower, Law Day was started to celebrate the rule of law in a free society and the importance of understanding how law and the legal process protect everyone's liberty, freedom, and pursuit of justice.

The theme for 2023 is "Cornerstones of Democracy: Civics, Civility, and Collaboration."

"In recent years, tensions in our democratic system have revealed deep divisions in American society. These divisions are aggravated by incivility in public discourse and insufficient understanding among many people about the Constitution and the way American government works. Together, however, we can collaborate to overcome our differences, resolve our disputes, and preserve our democracy and republic."
— From the American Bar Association's Law Day 2023 web page.

Explore Law Day 2023 Activities and Resources

  • The Maine State Bar Association is sponsoring an essay contest for high school students and an art poster contest for grades 4-5 and 6-8 on 2023's Law Day theme. For more information visit:
    • For Law Day 2023, the Center is offering a series of virtual programs from Friday, April 28 through Friday, May 5 on this year's theme of civics, civility, and collaboration. Learn more.

Judicial Branch Activities

High School Visits by the Supreme Judicial Court

For more than ten years, the Supreme Judicial Court has scheduled and held oral arguments in appeals before the Court to give students a sense of how the appellate process works. Following oral argument, Justices meet and answer questions from students and faculty. Visits are generally scheduled for October and are coordinated by the Judicial Branch's Office of Court Communications with one or more state legislators from the district where the high school is located.

Courthouse Visits and Tours

One of the best ways to understand how the court system works is by visiting a courthouse and sitting in on a trial or proceeding. Maine courthouses are open to the public Monday through Friday and court proceedings are generally public, except for case types that are designated confidential by law.

For teachers and community groups

If you would like to schedule a tour of a courthouse with your class or group, or sit in on a trial or oral argument before the Supreme Judicial Court, please contact for more information and to facilitate a visit.

Educational Resources 

Selected resources on civics, government, and law of interest to students, teachers, and the public.

  • Center for Civic Education The Center's mission is to "promote an enlightened and responsible citizenry committed to democratic principles and actively engaged in the practice of democracy."
  • iCivics Fosters "non-partisan civic education so that the practice of democracy is learned by each new generation."
  • ABA Division for Public Education The American Bar Association is a national membership organization for lawyers with the mission of defending liberty and pursuing justice. The division for public education provides reliable information about the law and legal issues, including resources and programs for educators, students, legal professionals, and others to advance public understanding of law and its role in society.
  • Street Law Non-profit organization focusing on building a greater understanding of how law and government work through innovative programs and resources.
  • Civics Renewal Network Consortium of non-profit, nonpartisan organization with a mission of strengthening civic life in the U.S. by increasing the quality of civics education in our nation's schools. Website offers free, high quality classroom resources on many civics topics.


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