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More than 160 Anne Arundel County high school students recently visited the District Court in Annapolis to learn about the legal, financial, and sometimes devastating consequences of making poor choices.
During the District Court’s Schools in the Court program on November 8, students from Arundel, Chesapeake, and Glen Burnie high schools, and Indian Creek School witnessed court proceedings and met members of the Maryland State Police K-9 squad. The students also heard directly from people who have experienced negative effects of poor decisions.
“Students sat in on court cases with defendants who are not much older than the students themselves,” said Anne Arundel County District Judge Shaem C.P. Spencer, who leads the program. “We want them to see first-hand how the legal system works and understand how making the wrong choices about things like driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, drug use, speeding, and other crimes may lead to life-changing consequences.”
“Our goal with the Schools in the Court program is to make students aware that choices they make at this point in their lives will have a profound effect on their futures,” said John P. Morrissey, Chief Judge of the District Court of Maryland. “I commend Judge Spencer for his ability to engage the students while discussing real-world scenarios and actual cases.”
This was the second of four Schools in the Court programs held at Anne Arundel County District Court during the 2017-2018 school year.
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(photos by the Maryland Judiciary)
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