The Texas judiciary has plans to develop a Judicial Civics and Education Center and, because of a $50,000 grant from the Texas Bar Foundation, the project is now in the design phase.
Anticipated to be located in the entry-level corridor of the Tom C. Clark Building within the Capitol Complex, the education center is expected to include interactive civic displays, historic exhibits, and a conference space for lectures and forums.
“The center will be a game changer for the Texas Judiciary,” said Nathan Hecht, chief justice of the Texas Supreme Court. “It will tell the fascinating judicial history of Texas through compelling stories.”
The Texas Supreme Court, Court of Criminal Appeals, Office of Court Administration, Texas Supreme Court Historical Society, and all 14 Courts of Appeals collaborated to create a vision for the center.
“Numerous studies have shown that a lack of civic education is a growing problem in our country,” said David Slayton, administrative director of the Office of Court Administration. “Having a proper understanding of the judicial branch and its role in government is essential to enhancing the administration of justice.”
For more information, contact Megan LaVoie at Megan.LaVoie@txcourts.gov.