The CSCJA is dedicated to making the public better aware of how Canada’s justice system works and, in particular, the key role that judges play in resolving disputes, protecting citizens’ rights, and ensuring justice is done.
In 2004 the Association’s public education committee launched Try Judging™, the first education program for Canadian students to be conceived, designed and produced by judges. Try Judging is a bilingual, multimedia program that uses video case scenarios and interactive tools to explore key concepts such as the rule of law, the role of judges and judicial independence. The program, which includes detailed teachers’ guides and lesson plans, is aimed at high school students and has been adopted as part of the curriculum for social studies, law or civics courses in several provinces. Canadian law schools are beginning to use Try Judging as a teaching tool and educators in other countries have expressed interest in the program. Interest has also been expressed by other countries that appear anxious to use the program in their own judicial education initiatives.