The Judiciary's goal is to use educational and outreach programs, such as Schools in the Court, to help students learn how to communicate effectively and to inform and educate students about the importance of making good choices. The program highlights real choices that have had real consequences for people living in the same communities as the students. The program also allows the students to meet and interact with key players in the court process, from police officers, K-9 units, ER Nurses, Public Defenders, State's Attorneys, Bailiffs and Judges.
" We want them to get an understanding of how the court system works, but we especially want them to understand how making wrong choices about things such as speeding, driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, drug use and other crimes can deeply and adversely affect their lives." -Judge Shaem C.P. Spencer
Schools in the Court, hosted by the Anne Arundel County District Court in Annapolis, brings high school students from around Anne Arundel County to court to learn firsthand about the consequences of making bad decisions. Students watch actual criminal court proceedings, learn about the legal and financial consequences of being charged with offenses such as drunk driving, and hear from people who have experienced the personal and life-changing effects of poor choices. The students will also get a chance to meet members of the Maryland State Police K-9 squad.
The Schools-In-Court: Better Choices–Better Tomorrow contest will extend the experience beyond the courtroom. Students will create and submit Public Service Announcements that reflect on their experience and empower other students to understand the power of making the correct choices. The winner of the contest will win a cash prize AND a unique shadowing experience to go behind the scenes of the courtroom.
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