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Minnesota Supreme Court Convenes at Eastview High School

Posted: Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Over 600 students watched as the Minnesota Supreme Court convened at Eastview High School today in an effort to open the doors of the Judicial Branch to the public.

The state’s highest court heard oral arguments of an actual case, State of Minnesota, Respondent vs. Christian Chi Ndikum, Appellant (A10-1728), which originated in Hennepin County District Court.  The Court generally issues its opinions four to six months following oral arguments.  Opinions are available at www.mncourts.gov.

“We are committed to ensuring that the people of Minnesota understand that this is their Court,” said Chief Justice Lorie S. Gildea. “Visiting high schools is particularly important because we can engage students at a time when they are learning their role in our democracy and what it means to live in a society governed by laws.  Reaching out to the people of Minnesota has long been one of the Court’s highest priorities.  Speaking with students and answering their questions helps to promote a better understanding of the Judicial Branch. I am pleased to have opened the court to the young people of Apple Valley.”

Volunteer attorneys coordinated by the Minnesota State Bar Association Civic Education Committee volunteered to visit classrooms prior to today’s program to review the case with students and help them prepare for the Supreme Court visit. 

Following today’s arguments, the justices answered students’ questions on a wide variety of topics. Justices and other distinguished guests also ate lunch with Eastview students.  In the afternoon, justices visited classrooms at Eastview High School. 

Since the Supreme Court convened oral arguments in Rochester, MN, in 1995, the school visits have taken center stage in the Court’s efforts to build the public’s trust and confidence in the judiciary.  The Eastview High School event marks the 35th oral argument for students.