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Unique Court hearing opportunity for HS students (Audio included)

Area high school students had the opportunity to attend a special session of the Third District Court of Appeals of Ohio on Wednesday. Bellefontaine High School hosted the event in the Distance Learning Center.

Students from Bellefontaine, Riverside, and Benjamin Logan high schools attended the event.

Pictured Left: Appellate Court Judges listen to the cases.

This is the Court's first return to Logan County since 2006.

The Court of Appeals Judges heard oral arguments from two actual appellate cases from Logan and Marion counties.

The Logan County case was State of Ohio v. Douglas L. Risner, Jr.

The Marion County case was Marion Forum, LLC v. Lynick Enterprises, Inc., et al.

The cases consisted of arguments from the two lawyers. Each argument could last a maximum of 15 minutes.

There are four Judges on the Court, but they sit in panels of three. For this session, Judge Stephen Shaw, Judge Vernon Preston, and Judge John Willamowski heard the oral arguments. The fourth Judge on the Court is Judge Richard Rogers.

Following the cases, students were given the opportunity to ask the Judges and lawyers questions.

Pictured Right: Students wait to listen to the hearings.

The Third District Court of Appeals is based in Lima. It is comprised of 17 counties, and is one of twelve districts in Ohio.

The event was coordinated by the Logan County Educational Service Center.

Judge Shaw discusses the role of the Court.

Courtney Chervenak talks about the event.

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