Maine Supreme Judicial Court hears oral arguments at Biddeford High School

The Maine Supreme Judicial Courtroom heard oral arguments in three circumstances on enchantment at Biddeford Excessive on Wednesday, Might 11, and continued court-holding practices in Maine excessive colleges for the primary time since 2019. From left are Judges Catherine R. Connors, Thomas E. Humphrey and Andrew M. Mead, Chief Justice Valerie Stanfill and Judges Joseph M. Jabar, Andrew M. Horton and Rick E. Lawrence. Tammy Wells Picture

BIDDEFORD — Biddeford Excessive college students had the chance to see and hearken to a part of the judicial course of stay and in particular person after they arrived at Maine Supreme Judicial Courtroom colleges on Wednesday, Might 11.

Seven judges heard oral arguments in appeals to 2 legal circumstances and one civil case at a college for the primary time since 2019 – no college session in 2020 and 2021 because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Extra periods can be introduced in excessive colleges, beginning in October.

The scholars mentioned it was fascinating to hearken to the introduced circumstances.

Cayden Ward, who’s enrolled within the Biddeford Regional Expertise Heart authorized research program, mentioned what he noticed was completely different from classroom work or visiting a web based court docket listening to—the one possibility throughout the pandemic.

Regulation research pupil Hannah McCurry mentioned the hearings had been “superb”.

“I wish to be a lawyer and my essential objective is to be justice,” McCurry mentioned.

“Truthfully, it is an ideal studying expertise,” mentioned Logan Beam, a regulation training pupil. “It’s extremely completely different from being within the classroom.”

“I’ve by no means been to court docket earlier than, it is a good expertise,” mentioned Colby Smart, additionally from the regulation research program.

One legal appeals case concerned the Cumberland County drunk driving case, through which the reliability of the respiration machine that measures blood alcohol ranges was questioned by the defendant. One other legal enchantment involved a Penobscot County drug trafficking case involving search and seizure and waiver of attorneys. The third case, which was a civil swimsuit, was an Oxford County case involving negligence involving a office loss of life and an alleged negligence inflicting emotional misery.

The Maine Supreme Judicial Courtroom would not hearken to arguments in appeals circumstances at an area college day by day, so earlier than they left Biddeford Excessive on Wednesday, Might 11, they paused to take photos with a number of the college students. Forward are Chief Justice Valerie Stanfill and her college students David Bean, Savannah Berry, Baylee Cheetham-Wilmot and Ariana Descoteaux. Backing are Justices Catherine Connors, Andrew Horton, Thomas Humphrey, Rick Lawrence, Joseph Jabar and Andrew Mead. Tammy Wells Picture

The judges listened to the arguments of the attorneys and requested lots of questions. Gathering later at BHS’s The Little Theatre, they advised the scholars they’d take issues up for session and make their choice at a later date.

Chief Justice Valerie Stanfill mentioned it is good to see circumstances reopen in Maine excessive colleges.

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