OLD TOWN- Old Town High School’s gymnasium transformed into the Maine Supreme Court earlier today.
Normally — you wouldn’t find hundreds of teenagers in a courtroom — carefully observing every proceeding.
But Wednesday morning was a different story — when Maine Supreme Court Justices heard three cases at old town high school.
During breaks — students could ask lawyers questions about their arguments.
“I think this is an awesome day, this something that we’ve been working on for four years to get the justices to come here and the students were so attentive, it worked great, they had very good questions. The students had awesome questions even to the point where one of the lawyers said ‘please don’t become a prosecutor,'” Senator Jim Dill said.
The setting is normally used for gym class … But you wouldn’t know it once you walked in.
“It was ready to be a courtroom, the courtroom worked very well. But most importantly, the students actually paid attention and they were attentive, they were appropriate with their behavior, they stayed with it the whole time. I was very impressed,” Chief Justice Leigh Saufley said.
The judges said they want students to use this experience to think about civics, the way the world works and what they can do to make the world a better place
“We’re hoping that this little piece of what happens in government will give them a window into a variety of ways they can be meaningful in the world,” Justice Saufley said.
Justice Saufley also said these weren’t just mock trial cases these were actual court-cases two of them being criminal cases that they heard in front of the high school students.