Dialogue on the Courts

Lesson Duration

American Bar Association

Explore the role of the courts in our constitutional democracy.


“Part 1 introduces the judiciary as the third branch of American government, and how it relies on, as well as supports, the other two branches, legislative and executive. It also explores challenges facing the judicial branch, and implications for law within a government in which the judiciary cannot function.

Part 2 continues the discussion with a focus on access-to-justice issues. The Sixth Amendment to the Constitution guarantees a right to counsel, but what if you do not speak the same language as your lawyer? the judge? This part of the Dialogue features a hypothetical scenario, in which participants debate a proposed “access to translators” law. They will engage in the challenging task of interpreting laws, as well as explore how our courts might ensure access to justice in the face of challenges.”

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The mission of the American Bar Association's Division for Public Education is to promote public understanding of the law and its role in society.