SAINT PAUL, Minn. – The Minnesota Supreme Court will visit Albert Lea this week as part of a program aimed to teach students about the court system and build the public’s trust in the judiciary.
During the visit, the Supreme Court will hold a community dinner on Wednesday. On Thursday morning, the state’s highest court will convene at Albert Lea Senior High School to hear oral arguments in an actual court case in front of hundreds of students. Afterward, the justices will hold a question-and-answer session, share lunch with student representatives and visit classrooms throughout the afternoon.
“One of the most important ways we can educate students and citizens about the important role of the judiciary is to show people firsthand the work of our court,” said Minnesota Supreme Court Chief Justice Lorie S. Gildea in a news release. “My fellow justices and I are looking forward to our upcoming visit to Albert Lea, and having the opportunity to engage students and local residents about their justice system. We strongly encourage members of the community to attend our dinner event on Oct. 5, and appreciate the support Albert Lea Senior High School has provided to make our school visit a success.”
Since the Supreme Court convened oral arguments in Rochester back in 1995, school visits have taken center stage in the court’s public outreach and education efforts. The Albert Lea event marks the 44th in-school oral arguments.