Presque Isle students to see state supreme court in action

Posted Feb. 06, 2014, at 4:16 p.m.

PRESQUE ISLE, Maine — Students in Aroostook County will again get the chance to see the Maine Supreme Judicial Court in action when the justices return to the area later this year to hear appeals on cases at a local high school.

Assistant House Republican Leader Alex Willette of Mapleton announced earlier this week that the Law Court would be returning to The County for the third time, setting up on Oct. 28 at Presque Isle High School.

The panel of seven justices will hear arguments that morning, and students will have the opportunity to attend and witness Maine’s justice system at work. The cases to be considered will be announced at a later date.

As part of her effort to educate students and the public about the judicial process, Supreme Court Justice Leigh I. Saufley has asked lawmakers to invite the justices to convene at high schools in their districts. Willette, a 2007 graduate of Presque Isle High School and current student at the University of Maine School of Law, helped arrange the County visit.

“This has been an incredible opportunity for some time for students at other schools throughout the state and I’m thrilled that the Court is coming here to Presque Isle,” he said. “Students will receive handouts that educate them about the history and function of the state’s highest court before taking their seats to watch lawyers argue their clients’ cases and take questions from the justices.”

The Law Court previously appeared at the University of Maine at Fort Kent in October 2009 and at Caribou High School in 2005.

“The Court appreciates the opportunity to hold court at Presque Isle High School,” said Mary Ann Lynch, government and media counsel for the Maine Judicial Branch. “It will be the court’s third visit to a high school in the County, and it is a wonderful opportunity to teach students about the Rule of Law and the appellate process. This is particularly special as Associate Justice Warren Silver is a graduate of Presque Isle High School.”

 

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