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Maine Supreme Judicial Court announces high school visits in October

By Judy Harrison, BDN Staff

PORTLAND, Maine — The Maine Supreme Judicial Court will take its show on the road in October to convene at high schools in Portland, Lisbon and Richmond.

“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 Saufley said in a press release issued last week. “Maine legislators and teachers have been a wonderful resource for us. The court has traveled, over the years from Sanford to Fort Kent, and from Bridgton to Eastport. In doing so, we learn at least as much about our great state traveling and meeting with the students and teachers, as the students and the public learn about the judicial branch.”

For the past six year the court has held oral arguments in high schools around the state, according to Mary Ann Lynch, spokeswoman for the court system.

Last year, justices convened at high schools in Auburn, Waterville and Windham.

The state supreme court will convene at the following times and places:

• Tuesday, Oct. 11, at Deering High School in Portland.

• Thursday, Oct. 13, at Richmond High School.

• Friday, Oct. 14, at Lisbon High School.

Justices will hear oral arguments in three cases at each school. Students will be given copies of briefs before the appeals, and after the oral arguments the lawyers who made the arguments will be available to answer questions from students.

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