Maine’s Supreme Judicial Court will hear three appeals at Freeport High School at the invitation of state Senate Majority Leader Garrett Mason and Maine House Speaker Sara Gideon on Thursday, Oct. 12.

For the past dozen years, the Court has held oral arguments in actual appellate cases in high schools around the state. These trips are arranged at the invitation of local legislators.

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

“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,” Chief Justice Leigh I. Saufley said in a press release. “Maine legislators, teachers, and students have been a wonderful resource for us. While the Court in recent years has traveled from South Berwick to Fort Kent to Machias, it has been many years since we have been to Oxford 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.”

This year, the court will also hear appeals at Mountain Valley High School and Westbrook High School.

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