Minnesota Supreme Court to hear case in high school


The Minnesota Supreme Court on Monday plans to hear oral arguments in a high school as part of an annual effort to offer the public insight into the court system. More than 850 Anoka-Hennepin students are expected to attend, the court says.

The high court will convene at 9 a.m. Champlin Park High School in Champlin, Minnesota, for arguments in a 2003 case of a man found with methamphetamine in his vehicle, Garcia-Mendoza v. 2003 Chevy Tahoe. The appeal centers on a question of whether law enforcement officers had a legal right to seize the man's vehicle and money through forfeiture, the Associated Press notes.

Volunteer lawyers have been visiting Anoka-Hennepin high schools to prepare students for the arguments in the case. The court will host a question-and-answer session after the proceedings, and the justices plan to eat lunch with student leaders and visit classrooms at the school.

"These events provide a wonderful learning opportunity for both the Court and the young people involved," Associate Justice Christopher Dietzen said.

The arguments and Q-and-A are scheduled to be broadcast live online here.

The state Supreme Court has hosted 39 in-school hearings since it launched the program in a Rochester school in 1995.

Minnesota Judicial Branch has 10 judicial districts with 289 district court judgeships, 19 Court of Appeals judges, and seven Supreme Court justices.

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