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Ever wonder how every day citizens are afforded equal access to the Courts?

Well, your chance to find out is coming up because the February Hot Topic will be a field trip to the Leon County Courthouse on Friday, February 22.

Here is the full schedule:

10:00-10:30 - Shuttle Service from the Leon County Parking Lot (121 North Bronough Street) to the Courthouse (301 South Monroe Street)

11:00-11:10 Welcome to league members and League announcements

11:10-11:50 - Panel presentation on the judicial process featuring Leon County Clerk and Comptroller Gwen Marshall, County Court Judge J. Layne Smith, and Circuit Court Judge Dawn Caloca-Johnson

11:50-12:15- Q&A

12:15-1:00 Lunch: Munch and Mingle

1:00-1:20: Talk and tour of Leon County Court Administration with Grant Slayden, Court Administrator

1:20-1:40 - Bonus tour of the Office of the Leon County Clerk of Court and Comptroller

1:40-2:00 - Return Shuttle Service from Leon County Courthouse to County Parking Lot

Please feel free to come to any part of the program and leave whenever you wish. Several options are available for lunch:

Jason's Deli at $13.00 per person. Your choice of turkey, ham, or roast beef sandwich on a croissant or wheat bun with lettuce, tomato, and cheese; served with chips, pickle, a cookie; and tea or lemonade; or a vegetarian box on request;

Courthouse cafeteria- located on the 2nd floor of the Courthouse and offers soup, sandwiches, salads, and a variety of beverages; or

You may bring your own lunch, however refrigeration is not available, or skip lunch and join in conversation with others.

DETAILS ABOUT PARKING. There are multiple options for parking:

Free parking at the Leon County parking lot located at 121 North Bronough Street.. The Clerk of Court's office has arranged shuttle service from the county parking lot to the courthouse from 10:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. and from the courthouse back to the parking lot at the end of the event. Pull into the parking lot, take a receipt from the meter and the Clerk's office will provide you a token to exit the parking lot.

Paid parking at the public parking garage located at 215 South Calhoun Street. The cost is $2 for 1st hr and an additional and $1 for each hour thereafter up to a maximum of $7.00 a day.

Paid parking at Kleman Plaza, 306 South Duval Street. This is approximately a 10-15 minute walk to the courthouse and costs $1.00 an hour to park.

Date: Friday, February 22

Time: 11:00 a.m. --2:00 p.m

Location: Courtroom 2F of the Leon County Main Courthouse,

301 South Monroe Street

FOR RESERVATIONS please call 309-3005 and leave a message including your choice of meat and bread for your sandwich if you wish to order the box lunch from Jason's Deli, or email LWVTallahassee@gmail.com.

Please make your reservation no later than Wednesday, February 20, 2019.