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Kansas Supreme Court holds session at PSU

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 The Kansas Supreme Court today heard oral arguments on the Pittsburg  State University campus. 
   It was a chance for students and the public  to see the legal system in action. 

 

Students first got  backpacks checked and had to  walk through metal detectors at McCray Hall because inside the justices of the states highest court were hearing oral arguments from attorneys in four cases. 
The chief justice says its a chance for  the taxpayers to see first hand what they do and how they do it.

 

Chief Justice LawtonNuss says, "There's been this shroud of mystery or veil of mystery and  we're trying to show people this is what we're doing.  There's no magic  to it its just a lot of hard work, but we try to be fair."


The Kansas Supreme Court began taking its  session on the road back in 2012.  The court's been to Salina, Wichita and Greensburg but this is its first time in southeast Kansas   and high school students were glad to have the experience 
 
Makayla Pichler says, "I  think it opens peoples eyes.   I  know I don't understand how it works I'm just a  high school student  but still a lot of people don't understand it." 

Anna Setter from Humboldt high school says, "It was amazing.. that I would have been able to see those kind of things first hand.  It was really cool,  we  usually just work out of our textbooks."

Anna's government teacher at Humboldt high school made this a project, studying the cases being argued before and after.  And  that spurred a new interest in law for Anna.

We completely debriefed the case, looked at precedents of the case and   so we got really in depth with the case and kind of felt like lawyers ourselves."

Teacher Scott Brady says, "We want them to learn just what happens in a government case,  a supreme court case how serious it can be. We think its important.  Not every student's  gonna want to go into law but just so they know their rights."

  The justices want Kansans to be able to see them at work so they can make an informed decision when they vote to retain or not retain a judge every six years.
     You can still see the oral arguments. They are archived at the Supreme Court's web site. click here to find a link.

 



 

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