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EXTERNAL AFFAIRS DIVISION
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Hartford, Connecticut 06106
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 12, 2009
 

 
Connecticut Appellate Court To Hear Cases At Kent School

The Connecticut Appellate Court will travel to Kent School on Monday, May 18, 2009, to hear arguments in two criminal cases. The arguments will be heard in the Science Lecture Hall, at 1 Macedonia Road, Kent.

The Court’s visit is part of an ongoing educational initiative of the Connecticut Judicial Branch to acquaint students, educators and the public with the role and responsibilities of the court process. In addition to students from Kent School, students will also be attending from Housatonic Valley Regional High School. Both arguments are open to the public.

 “The Appellate Court’s visit to Kent School will better acquaint students from Kent and the Housatonic Valley Regional High School with the appellate process.” Chief Judge Joseph P. Flynn said.

The arguments will start at 9:30 a.m. in State v. Branden Holloway. The second case, State v. Jasmine Bereis, will begin at 10:45 a.m. Arguments in each case will last approximately 40 minutes. The lawyers in these cases have agreed to participate in question-and-answer periods following each case. Appellate Court Judge Alexandra D. DiPentima will preside over the three-judge panel. She will be joined on the bench by Appellate Court Judge Douglas S. Lavine and Judge Trial Referee Thomas G. West. The panel will hear the cases but will not participate in the question-and-answer sessions.  

Judge DiPentima said, “The judges are looking forward to holding an appellate session on the banks of the Housatonic River. These ‘on the road’ sessions provide opportunities to students and others to learn about the appellate process and our system of justice. We are grateful for Kent School's invitation and along with that, the work of the faculty and staff at both schools, the lawyers who volunteer to assist in instructing the students and the entire judicial staff. It is a particular privilege for me as a Kent native and Kent School graduate to sit on this panel.”

Richardson W. Schell, headmaster and rector at Kent School, said the Court’s visit is an innovative step and a great experience for the school. “Kent School welcomes the Connecticut Appellate Court’s educational outreach to young people here in Litchfield County. First-hand experience of the Court and discussion with members of the bar before and after the proceedings will enrich their studies in American history, U.S. government and constitutional law. Such education is the very foundation of good citizenship."

Volunteer lawyers met with students in the days preceding the arguments to provide an overview of the court system and the cases to be argued. Attorney David Elliott coordinated the pre-argument orientation at Kent School, and Attorneys J. Michael Sconyers and Judith Dixon coordinated the pre-argument orientation at Housatonic Valley Regional High School.

News media organizations may record, broadcast, televise and photograph the oral arguments in compliance with the rules governing cameras in the Appellate Court and the Court’s protocol, which is available on the Judicial Branch’s website at www.jud.ct.gov. Note that the protocol requires media outlets to make pooling arrangements among themselves if there are multiple requests to videotape, broadcast, televise, record or photograph the same argument. For information, contact Jim Senich, manager of communications, at 860-757-2270, by Thursday, May 14. Pooling is not required for the question-and-answer periods.

The following items may not be brought into the courtroom: bladed or pointed items, weapons, food and beverages. To facilitate the screening process, it is recommended that guests not bring briefcases, backpacks, pocketbooks or bags.

 

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