Justice Case Files & Lesson Plans

Justice Case Files is the central effort of a public awareness campaign launched by the National Center for State Courts. It includes a series of graphic novels which engage the reader while giving insight into how judges make decisions, how the courts protect the public, and why courts are so important to a democratic society. The story lines and content were developed by judges, court administrators, and other legal professionals.

The Supreme Court of Ohio worked with Ohio educators to develop comprehensive lesson plans that detail which Ohio learning standards the novels meet for different grade levels.

Image of a comic book-like cover showing two men and one woman standing in front of a courthouse next to a female judge with their right hands over their hearts

The Case of Jury Duty (PDF | View using Issuu) tells the story of Matthew Foley, an 18-year-old who has been summoned for jury duty on a case that involves underage drinking and driving. Readers learn how meaningful jury service is, how the jury system is a source of accountability for courts, and how our society benefits from the right to a jury of your peers.

Lesson Plan:
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Image of a comic book-like cover showing a female lawyer standing in front of a giant copy of the preamble to the United States Constitution and a young boy holding a game controller, both are in a courtroom

The Case of the Broken Controller (PDF | View using Issuu) is a narrative coloring book that tells the sotry of Tyler, who wants justice because he says his friend broke his videogame controller.

Lesson Plan (PDF | View using Issuu)

Image of a comic book-like cover showing two teenage girls laughing, one is holding a cell phone with a picture of another teenage girl who is angry. A male judge stands nearby.

The Case of the Cyberbully (PDF | View using Issuu) tells the story of Amber, who is bullied at school and online by classmate Madison. The bullying escalates to the point the case winds up in juvenile court.

Lesson Plan (PDF | View using Issuu)

Image of a comic book-like cover showing a mother, father, sad young boy, and his dog standing in front of a courthouse. There is yellow caution tape in front of them that reads 'Do Not Cross Language Barrier.' A male judge is cutting the caution tape with a pair of scissors.

The Case of No Pets Allowed (PDF | View using Issuu) tells the story of the Ruiz family, who has received an eviction notice from their landlord because they own a dog. The parents speaks minimal English and rely on their teenage son, who is bilingual, for English translation. The book follows the family through the court process of fighting the eviction but not understanding the process because of language barriers.

Lesson Plan (PDF | View using Issuu)

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