Supreme Judicial Court To Hold Court At University Of Maine Ft. Kent, Georges Valley High School, And Fryeburg Academy This Fall

October 5, 2009

The Supreme Judicial Court today announced its schedule for visiting Maine high schools this fall. For the past five years the Court has held oral arguments in actual appeals in high schools around the state. These trips are arranged at the request of local legislators.

On Tuesday, October 27, 2009 the Court will hear three cases at the University of Maine Fort Kent for four area high schools. Representative John Martin of Eagle Lake issued the invitation. The next day, Wednesday, October 28 the Court will hear appeals at Georges Valley High School in Thomaston, at the request of Representative Chuck Kruger. On Friday, October 30, 2009 the Court will be in Fryeburg at Fryeburg Academy at the invitation of Senator David Hastings.

Students will receive copies of the briefs in advance of the appeals, and after the oral argument the lawyers will stay to answer questions from students. Often, the schools will invite the public as well, if their facilities can accommodate them.

Chief Justice Leigh I. Saufley said that, “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. We are particularly excited this year as we have not been to the St. John Valley, nor have we, sitting as a Court, been to either the midcoast or far western reaches of Maine recently. Maine legislators and teachers have been a wonderful resource for us. We often learn as much about our great State as the students and the public learn about the Judicial Branch.”