Supreme Judicial Court to Hold Court at Deering (Portland), Lisbon, and Richmond High Schools This Fall

September 1, 2011

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 appellate cases in high schools around the state. Last year, court was held at Edward Little High School in Auburn, as well as Waterville and Windham High Schools. These trips are arranged at the invitation of local legislators.

On Tuesday, October 11, 2011, beginning at 8:45 a.m., the Court will hear three cases at Deering High School in Portland. Senator Justin Alfond issued the invitation. On Thursday, October 13, 2011, at 9:00 a.m., the Court will hear three appeals at Richmond High School, at the invitation of Sen. Seth Goodall and Rep. Seth Berry. On Friday, October 14, 2011, starting at 9:20 a.m., the Court will be at Lisbon High School at the invitation of Sen. Garrett Mason.

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. 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.”

The press is welcome to attend. The case schedule and briefs will be posted on the Court web site at: www.courts.state.me.us/mainecourts/supreme/oralarguments.shtml

If interviews or photographs are desired please contact Mary Ann Lynch at Mary.Ann.Lynch@courts.maine.gov.