Yakima Outreach

U.S. District Court Outreach Program for Middle School and High School Students in Yakima

Teachers are invited to schedule a visit for students to the U.S. District Court in Yakima. Court staff will visit with the students about the court system including jury service and careers in the federal court. In addition, depending on scheduling and availability, there may be opportunities to:


  • Observe a Court Session: Often, court is in session when students are visiting. The Clerk’s office will help teachers select a date for the visit based on what is scheduled in court.

  • Meet People: U.S. Magistrate Judge, U.S. Marshals, Court Security Officers, Federal Defenders, U.S. Attorneys, Courtroom Personnel, and Clerk’s Office Staff.

  • Take a Tour of the Building: Taking a tour of the courthouse can help students better understand court procedures and the jobs of those who work in the courts. Students can tour a courtroom and will be given the opportunity for hands-on-experience with the courtroom technologies. Students may also have the opportunity to visit the U.S. Marshal’s holding cells.

High school students taking part in a jury selection scene
during an outreach presentation.

The purpose of this program is to provide an overview of the federal courts as well as highlight the people who support the court. There will be opportunities for questions from the students. The length of the activities scheduled is typically based upon the court schedule and the availability of the students.


If you are interested in bringing your students to the U.S. District Court in Yakima, Washington please call Pam Howard at (509) 573-6600 to set up a visit. Please call in advance to schedule the visit.