The Vermont Supreme Court is scheduled to hear oral arguments in five cases at Milton High School on Thursday, October 24th.
The Justices normally hold term in the Supreme Court building in Montpelier, but for the past three years, the Court has held a term “On the Road” at a Vermont high school.
The Milton high school auditorium will be turned into a courtroom for the day so that students and teachers can experience the appellate process. Arguments will follow the same pattern as ones held in the Supreme Court courtroom. Each side will have fifteen minutes to argue its case.
The goal of this event is to help students understand Vermont’s judicial system by providing students with the opportunity to observe the state’s highest court up close and to interact with the Supreme Court Justices. For many, the judicial branch is the least understood branch of government, and “On the Road” is a way to show the community how it works.
“We are honored to bring the work of the Vermont Supreme Court to Milton High School,” Chief Justice Paul Reiber said. “I am especially excited that students will see their Supreme Court in person and learn about the justice system. It might even cause some to gain an interest in public service or a career in the law.”
Jason Gorczyk, socialstudies teacher atMilton, has arranged for Milton and area schools’ students to view the hearings.“Living in Vermont provides a rare accessibility and proximity to state government -- something Vermonters ought not take for granted,” Mr. Gorczyk said. “Where else besides Vermont, does the state's Supreme Court take its proceeding to area schools? This is an amazing opportunity for Milton High School and surrounding schools."
The students will have an opportunity to interact with the Justices during a question-and-answer session and during lunch in the school’s cafeteria.
The public is welcome to attend the hearings. Existing rules of etiquette apply for members of the public and for the media during court proceedings. Everyone will be required to go through routine security screening, so an early arrival is advisable.