Supreme Judicial Court to Hold Court at Biddeford, Brunswick, and Bucksport High Schools Fall 2012

The Supreme Judicial Court today announced its schedule for visiting Maine high schools this fall. For the past several years the Court has held oral arguments in actual appellate cases in high schools around the state. Last year, court was held at Lisbon, Richmond and Deering (Portland) High Schools. These trips are arranged at the invitation of local legislators.

On Tuesday, October 23, 2012, beginning at 8:45 a.m., the Court will hear three cases at Biddeford High School, at the invitation of Representative and Biddeford Mayor Alan Casavant, and Representative Meghan Rochelo, who serves on the Judiciary Committee in the Legislature. A second case will be heard at 9:30 a.m., and the third case at 10:15 a.m.

On Wednesday, October 24, 2012, beginning at 9:20 a.m., the Court will hear three appeals at Brunswick High School, at the invitation of Sen. Stanley Gerzofsky and Rep. Charles Priest.

On Friday, October 26, 2012, starting at 8:45 a.m., the Court will be at Bucksport High School, at the invitation of Sen. Richard Rosen.

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, "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 both the third branch of government, and to the concept of justice as a function of the third branch. Maine legislators, teachers, and students have been a wonderful resource for us. While the Court has traveled over the years from Sanford to Fort Kent, and from Bridgton to Eastport, we have not, as a Court, sat in Hancock County, and it has been several years since we have traveled as a court to York County. 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: http://www.courts.state.me.us/maine_courts/supreme/oral_arguments.shtml as soon as they are available.

If interviews or photographs are desired while the court is at the schools, please contact Mary Ann Lynch at Mary.Ann.Lynch@courts.maine.gov beforehand to schedule an interview. Photographs and video of students are subject to the rules of the high school.