Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Fifth Graders Visit the Wyoming Supreme Court

For the past three Tuesdays, Justice William U. Hill met with over thirty classes of fifth graders here in Cheyenne.  The combined three days of program involved about 650 kids who were hosted by the Wyoming Supreme Court and the Legislative Services Office.  Students learned about the Judicial Branch and were given the opportunity to ask Justice Hill questions.  “Folks might be very surprised at the many excellent legal questions that occur to fifth graders,” Hill said.  Justice Hill explained the difference between trial courts and appellate courts, as well as discussing how the Judicial Branch operates.  Students were surprised to learn that the Wyoming Supreme Court does not hire judges and some students expressed interest in the law.  The program is designed to give kids a real look at the Wyoming court system and dispel ideas that they learn from watching court proceedings on television.