Educational Tours

We welcome your group to the courthouse for a tour. To learn more about the courthouses in Western Missouri, view more information from the links below.

General Information To Schedule a Tour
About the Charles Evans Whittaker Courthouse in Kansas City, Missouri Contact Sherry Cleveland at 816-512-5016
About the Christopher S. Bond Courthouse in Jefferson City, Missouri Contact Cheryl LaBrecque at 573-659-7036


For many years, the United States District Court for the Western District of Missouri has had the privilege of conducting educational tours for over 11,000 individuals from all over the states of Missouri and Kansas. Our groups have been made up of 5th grade students through college students, senior citizen groups, law firms, special summer camps, Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, University Extension Centers and police cadets to name a few. Each participant has learned from this experience.

The tours are designed to help people better understand how cases get to our court and the different agencies who participate in the judicial process. We begin with 5th grade and continue through senior citizens. All speakers carefully gear their presentation to accommodate the age group. Time is allowed with each speaker for a question and answer period. Groups of all sizes can be accommodated.

The tours consist of speakers from the Clerk's Office of the U.S. District Court, an Investigative Agency (FBI, Secret Service, ATF or DEA), the U.S. Attorney's Office or Federal Public Defender's Office, the Probation or Pre-Trial Services Offices, the U.S. Marshal's Service and a personal visit with a Judge in his/her courtroom. If time permits, a visual walk through of other areas of the courthouse can be conducted.

There is no charge for these tours, but they do require approximately one month advance notice and most often are held on Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday. Typically these tours begin at 9:30 a.m. or 12:30 p.m. and will last a full 2.5 hours. We are certain that you will find these tours both educational and enlightening.

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"Tours Offer Personal Viewpoint of U.S. Courthouse"
by Mark Morris, The Kansas City Star

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