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SANFORD, Fla. - You could call them the hottest tickets in town.

It is anticipated hundreds of people will want to watch the George Zimmerman murder trial from inside the courtroom.

The problem, though, is there are only two dozen seats available for the general public.

The rest are taken up by members of the national and international news media, legal teams and friends and family of both sides of the case.

So, the court is holding a special drawing every weekday for the 24 seats.

You must enter at the Seminole County Supervisor of Elections office between 2 and 4 p.m. the day before you would like to attend the trial.

Winners are notified immediately afterward via telephone. That is how you find out where to pick up your visitor's pass for court.

First Coast News spoke with one Florida man, H. Alexander Duncan, who waited in line Friday to be in court on Monday.

Duncan said he wants to watch the trial as a way to be more involved. "With an issue like this, which has a lot of other issues off of it, I think it is very important to at least make the attempt to be involved," he said.

The court has also made arrangements for those who did not wish to enter the drawing.

Three public protest zones are set up in Sanford for the duration of the trial.

They are at the Seminole County Criminal Justice Center, 101 Bush Boulevard, the Seminole County Juvenile Justice Center, 190 Bush Boulevard, and the Seminole County Civil Courthouse, 301 N. Park Avenue.

Each spot will be heavily guarded by police, and you are subject to a search.

First Coast News

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