The Minnesota Supreme Court will visit Thief River Falls and Red Lake Nation in September as part of a program that seeks to teach students about the court system and build the public’s trust and confidence in the judiciary.
On the morning of Thursday, Sept. 13, the state’s highest Court will convene at Lincoln High School in Thief River Falls to hear oral arguments in a real court case in front of hundreds of students. Students from Red Lake Senior High School, Circle of Life Academy, and Cass Lake-Bena will travel to Thief River Falls to participate in the oral argument program. They will join host school students from Lincoln High School, as well as students from Crookston, East Grand Forks, Goodridge, Grygla, Marshall County Central, Red Lake County Central, Lafayette (Red Lake Falls), Roseau, and Win-E-Mac high schools.
Since the Supreme Court convened oral arguments in Rochester, in 1995, school visits have taken center stage in the Court’s public outreach and education efforts. The Thief River Falls oral arguments mark the 48th in-school oral arguments for the Court.
That evening, the Supreme Court will hold a community dinner in the Lincoln High School Commons. The event will include a short program featuring remarks from members of the Supreme Court.
On Friday, Sept. 14, the Court will spend the day at the Red Lake Nation with students and the Red Lake Tribal Court.
“My fellow justices and I are looking forward to our upcoming visit, and having the opportunity to engage with students and community members about our remarkable justice system in Minnesota,” said Minnesota Supreme Court Chief Justice Lorie S. Gildea. “We know that this will be a great opportunity for hundreds of students to see their justice system up close, and we hope many members of the community come out to share a meal and good conversation at the dinner event.”