Maine Supreme Court announces school visits

Posted Sept. 01, 2010, at 8:14 p.m.

PORTLAND, Maine — The Maine Supreme Judicial Court has announced its schedule for visiting Maine high schools this fall.

For the past six years, justices have heard oral arguments in high schools across the state.

The state’s high court will convene in October at Edward Little High School in Auburn, Windham High School and at Waterville High School.

Last year, the court held sessions at the University of Maine at Fort Kent for the St. John Valley-area high schools, Fryeburg Academy, and Georges Valley High School in Thomaston.

“The practice of appellate law is rarely seen on television or in movies, and we hope that these opportunities supplement the education and exposure of Maine students to the third branch of government,” Chief Justice Leigh I. Saufley said in a press release issued Wednesday.

“We are particularly excited this year to be visiting three of the largest high schools in the state, and the alma mater of our newest Supreme Court justice, Joseph Jaber of Waterville,” she said. “Maine legislators and teachers have been a wonderful resource for us. We learn as much about our great state traveling and meeting with the students as the students and the public learn about the judicial branch.”

The trips are arranged at the invitation of local legislators.

Students often receive copies of the briefs in advance of the appeals, and after the oral arguments, attorneys stay to answer questions from students.

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