Visit the Courthouse

 

Field Trips, Tours, and Proceedings

 

The District of Maine invites school groups, scout troops, summer camps, civic groups, international guests, and members of the general public to visit the United States Courthouse for a tour or field trip, or to observe a court proceeding.  

Tours of the United States Courthouse can be arranged in advance by contacting Eric Storms at: Eric_Storms@med.uscourts.gov or (207) 780-3356 ext. 5102.

Have you ever wanted to observe a federal court proceeding? With very few exceptions, court proceedings are open to the public.  A schedule of court proceedings is available on the court calendar on our website.  Keep in mind that court schedules may change with little notice.  It is a good idea to confirm that the proceeding you would like to observe is still on the schedule the morning before you come to court. If you have questions about the nature of a scheduled proceeding and whether it would be appropriate for students to observe, contact Eric Storms at: Eric_Storms@med.uscourts.gov or (207) 780-3356 ext. 5102.

Field trips to the United States Courthouse are educational, entertaining, and engage students in the study of government, history, law and civics. Field trips begin with an orientation, giving students an overview of the federal courts, the history of the District of Maine, and the history and function of the United States Courthouse.  Whenever possible, students can meet and talk with court staff and/or a judge.