Appearing in Court Social Story, Parts 1-3
These social stories were created to describe the various aspects of appearing in court to individuals with autism.
Part 1: The Courtroom
If I break a law, I might go to court.
I will have an attorney to help me.
Court is where decisions are made when a law is broken.
A courtroom is a busy place with lots of people, sounds, smells, and sights.
The judge is in charge of the courtroom.
The judge decides what happens to people who break the law.
Part 2: Testifying
The attorney will help prepare me for court and understand the rules.
I will sit at a table with my attorney in the courtroom.
My parents can be in the courtroom with me.
If I am asked to speak that is called testifying.
I must tell the truth.
If I don’t tell the truth that is breaking the law.
Part 3: After the Ruling
It is okay to tell the Judge and my attorney I have autism.
It is ok to ask them to repeat things I don’t understand.
When the Judge makes a decision this is called a ruling.
I have to obey the Judge’s ruling even if I don’t like it.
The judge may send me home with specific rules I must follow.
Or the judge may send me to a place to learn how to stay out of trouble.
This information was developed by the Autism Services, Education, Resources, and Training Collaborative (ASERT). For more information, please contact ASERT at 877-231-4244 or info@PAautism.org. ASERT is funded by the Bureau of Supports for Autism and Special Populations, PA Department of Human Services.