Student Resources (videos and study guides)

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Try Judging is a multimedia educational program that will help you understand the role of judges in our justice system by placing you right in the middle of a courtroom, in the judges' shoes.

You will be invited to explore important concepts such as the rule of law, judicial independence and judicial impartiality as you go through five case scenarios.

Scenarios (with downloads)
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Video files require Apple QuickTime™ player for playback, and Scenarios require Adobe® Reader® for viewing. The QuickTime player and Acrobat Reader software are available for download from the internet.

Use the following buttons to download the QuickTime player and/or Acrobat Reader software installers:


Scenario 1: Drugs in the Backpack.
Key question: Why do we need judges?
Download Video (QuickTime / 9.4MB)  |  Study Material (PDF / 273KB)

Scenario 2: Hotel Sues Youths who Damage Hotel Room.
Key question: Why must judges be fair and impartial?
Download Video (QuickTime / 9.5MB)  |  Study Material (PDF / 202KB)

Scenario 3: Teacher Sued for Assaulting Student
Key question: What is the judge's role in the justice system?
Download Video (QuickTime / 9.6MB)  |  Study Material (PDF / 234KB)

Scenario 4: Bail Hearing in Armed Robbery Case
Key question: How do judges make decisions?
Download Video (QuickTime / 8.7MB)  |  Study Material (PDF / 232KB)

Scenario 5: The Protest
Key question: Why are judicial independence and judicial impartiality so important?
Download Video (QuickTime / 9.8MB)  |  Study Material (PDF / 188KB)

The Challenge
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Once you have worked your way through the court of public opinion from the public's point of view, you enter the judge's courtroom and get to deal with the evidence, judicial principles and research, from the judge's point of view. You will need to make decisions! What are the appropriate judicial principles and research that apply to the case? The meter of justice will let you know if you have made a correct or incorrect choice!

When you have worked through the judicial principles and research, you will get to deal with the evidence of the case. The Scales of Justice will confirm when you have made the best choices available to you.

Your final test is a multiple choice quiz. You can print out your final score.

Try Judging!

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We encourage you let us know what you think of this program and how it might be expanded or improved.

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Try Judging was conceived, designed and produced by the Public Education Committee of the Canadian Superior Courts Judges Association. The committee gratefully acknowledges the financial support of the CSCJA; The Canadian Bar Law for the Future Fund; The Law Foundation of Ontario; The Alberta Law Foundation; The Law Foundation of British Columbia; The Yukon Law Foundation; and the Department of Justice, Canada.