Municipal Courts Tours are available Monday-Friday, 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., at the Herbert W. Gee Municipal Courthouse. All tour dates must be scheduled at least two weeks in advance.
To Schedule A Tour:
- Email Jose Soto to schedule a tour.
- Include the following information in your request:
- School/Group Name
- Three preferred tour dates
- Desired arrival & departure time
- Contact name & phone number
- Approximate number of visitors (Maximum of 30 guests per tour)
Municipal Courts will respond to confirm a date for your tour.
Below is some basic information about the process that you would need to know once a date has been confirmed.
Before You Arrive:
- Send a roster of attendees, including faculty/staff to Jose Soto
- Download and complete the Media Consent Release Form for each attendee under the age of 18. Bring the signed forms with you on the day of the tour.
- The tour is a walking tour, and we usually take the stairs to navigate between floors. If there is anyone in the group that needs disability accommodations, please let us know ahead of time.
- At your earliest convenience, please confirm if your bus driver will stay or drop off your group and return for pick-up.
- Confirm your visit and the number of attendees 24 hours prior to the tour date.
- You will be sent an agenda highlighting the day’s activities at least 48 hours prior to your visit.
- Call, email or text us when you are within 10 minutes of arrival (the number will be provided in your confirmation email).
- Please ask your driver to unload in front of the building, located at 1400 Lubbock Street.
- If your driver is planning to stay for the duration of the tour, parking is available (details will be provided in the confirmation email).
- A member of our team will meet your group outside and direct them to the first part of your tour.
During the tour, the visitors will be given a close-up glimpse of our court operations. Please inform them of the following courtroom etiquette:
- Proper Dress Code (no shorts, tank tops, bare midriffs or t-shirts with offensive language);
- No eating or drinking;
- No talking;
- No electronic devices of any kind, including cameras, camcorders, phones, iPods, etc.; and
- No talking while court is in session.
Students will be given time after court proceedings to engage in dialogue with a judge, and later, with other court officials. Questions are encouraged during these times.
More details regarding the day’s activities will follow in a personalized agenda.