MD Judiciary Office of Communications and Public Affairs, March 30, 2011:
High School Students Learn about Life Choices in Anne Arundel County District Court
(ANNAPOLIS, Md. – March 30, 2011) Almost 100 county teens will crowd into an Annapolis courtroom on Thursday, April 7. They have been “summoned” to appear, not with their attorneys but with their teachers, to learn first-hand about the consequences of making bad decisions. The media is invited to attend.
It’s all part of the Anne Arundel County District Court’s twice-yearly Schools in the Court program. “The students will see defendants who, many times, are not much older than themselves,” said Judge Danielle M. Mosley, who leads the program. “We want the students to learn how the court system works but, perhaps more importantly, we 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 impact their lives.”
The schools taking part on April 7 are North County, Chesapeake and Severna Park high schools, and the Severn School. In addition to watching actual criminal cases, students will hear from victims and people who have been convicted of drinking and driving, learn about the legal and financial consequences of being charged with drunk driving, and meet with a representative from Maryland’s Shock Trauma Center.
Student transportation for the event is provided by a grant from the Anne Arundel County Partnership for Children, Youth and Families.
WHAT: Anne Arundel County District Court’s Schools in the Court program
WHEN: Thursday, April 7, 8:30-11:30 a.m.
WHERE: Anne Arundel County District Court, 251 Rowe Boulevard, Annapolis
WHO: About 100 Anne Arundel County students from Chesapeake, North County and Severna Park high schools and the Severn School. District Judge Danielle Mosley will preside.
MEDIA CONTACT: Call the Maryland Judiciary Office of Communications and Public Affairs, 410-260-1488, if you want to attend or have questions, including when and where cameras will be allowed.
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[Godfrey comment: this is in my view an excellent idea and credit to Judge Mosley, whom I recall warmly from the earlier days in her career in the State’s Attorney’s Office of Anne Arundel County. More like this.]