Scoring a seat to the George Zimmerman trial isn't as easy as just showing up to the Seminole County courthouse and asking for one.
For what is expected to be one of the most watched trials in the county's history, court officials have set up a process for the general public to obtain a seat.
The process, which includes a lottery, begins more than three miles away at the Seminole County Supervisor of Elections Office. Those interested in sitting in the courtroom during the trial must fill out an entry form at the Supervisor's office on Airport Road in Sanford between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.
Once filled out, the forms, which include a name and phone number, and then placed in an antique ballot box owned by Seminole County Supervisor of Elections Michael Ertel, who said his office is simply a venue for the process. The Eighteenth Judicial Circuit Courts oversees the seating.
After 4 p.m., deputies from the Seminole County Sheriff's Office drive the entry forms from the Supervisor of Elections Office to the courthouse, where a court official draws the names.
Only 24 seats are available each day - all of which are doled out through the lottery.
The "winners" are then contacted that afternoon and told to be at the courthouse the next morning by 8:"30 a.m. to pick up a visitors pass.
So long as more than 24 people sign up, a lottery will be held each day for the duration of the trial.
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