In light of recent health advisories to limit exposure to public places we are temporarily suspending our school visits to the judicial centers.

The 12th Judicial Circuit Court offers group visits in 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 students. At this time we are unable to offer group visits to individuals or private organizations.

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

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

Schedule a Group Visit

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Group Visit Guidelines

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

  • All visits to the judicial centers must be scheduled at least two weeks in advance. Visits are not available on Mondays or Wednesdays.
  • Group visits will be no more than 90 minutes.
  • 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 visit.
  • Groups of more than 10 students may be broken up into separate groups at the discretion of Court Administration.
  • Please arrive at least 15 minutes early to allow enough time to pass through security. A member of Court Administration will meet the group in the lobby.
  • Students should not bring electronic devices into the judicial centers. This includes cell phones, tablets, 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 visit will consist of a brief presentation featuring an overview of the judicial branch from the federal level down to the local trial court level. Students will have an opportunity to explore a courtroom.
  • Please remember that the judicial centers are a place of business where our community comes to address important legal matters. All 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.