The 12th Judicial Circuit Court offers tours of the Manatee County Judicial Center (in Bradenton) and Judge Lynn N. Silvertooth Judicial Center (in Sarasota) to Manatee County and Sarasota County schools recognized by the local school boards.  Students must be in grades 5-12 and chaperones must accompany the tours. At this time we are unable to offer tours to individuals or private organizations.

Please submit tour requests at least 2 weeks prior to your requested tour date.

For Sarasota County Tours:
Lynn N. Silvertooth Judicial Center Court Administration - 8th Floor
2002 Ringling Boulevard
Sarasota, FL 34237
Phone: (941) 861-7800
Fax: (941)  861-7904

For Manatee County Tours:
Manatee County Judicial Center Court Administration - 8th Floor
1051 Manatee Avenue West
Bradenton, FL 34205
Phone: (941) 749-3655
Fax: (941) 749-3692

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School Tour Guidelines

The Court has established the following policies and procedures for visiting the judicial centers:

  • All judicial center tours must be scheduled at least two weeks in advance. Tours are not available on Mondays.
  • Tours will be no more than two hours.
  • Students must have one chaperone or teacher for every ten students, as recommended by the Sarasota County School Board Guidelines. There must be at least 8 students, but no more than 20 students per tour.
  • Groups of more than 10 students may be broken up into separate groups at the discretion of the tour guide(s).
  • Please arrive at least 15 minutes early to allow enough time to pass through security. The tour guide will meet the group in the lobby.
  • Students should not bring electronic devices into the judicial centers. This includes cell phones, pagers, I-Pods, cameras, video game devices or anything that could be construed as a technical or recording device. 
  • The Court has entered administrative orders regarding security (2014-11-2) and photography (2014-7-2) in the judicial centers. Please review these prior to your arrival.
  • All guests must wear proper attire when visiting the judicial centers. Shorts, hats, flip-flops, halters and tank tops are not suitable for the courtroom.
  • The tour will consist of visiting courtrooms and other public areas of the Judicial Center. The tour guide may also take the group to observe court proceedings that are in session at the time of the tour.
  • If a Judge is available, the tour guide may arrange for a brief question and answer session for tours.
  • Please remember that the judicial centers are a place of business where our community comes to address important legal matters. All tour groups must conduct themselves accordingly and disruptive behavior will not be tolerated.

We look forward to your visit. Please contact Court Administration if you have any questions or to inform us of any specific needs.