Supreme Judicial Court to Hold Court at Windham, Waterville, and Edward Little (Auburn) High Schools This Fall

September 1, 2010

The Supreme Judicial Court today announced its schedule for visiting Maine high schools this fall. For the past six years the Court has held oral arguments in actual appeals in high schools around the state. Last year, court was held at the University of Maine Fort Kent for all four of the St. John Valley area high schools, Fryeburg Academy, and Georges Valley High School in Thomaston. These trips are arranged at the invitation of local legislators.

On Monday, October 4, 2010, the Court will hear three cases at Edward Little High School in Auburn. Senator Deb Simpson and Representative Mike Beaulieu issued the invitation. The next day, Tuesday, October 5, 2010, the Court will hear three appeals at Windham High School, at the request of Senator Bill Diamond and Representative Mark Bryant. On Wednesday, October 6, 2010, the Court will be in Waterville at the invitation of Rep. Pam Trinward.

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

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 to be visiting three of the largest high schools in the state, and the alma mater of our newest Supreme Court Justice, Joe Jabar, of Waterville. 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.”