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Educational Resources - Supreme Court "On the Road"

October 14, 2015 at Bedford High School

Case Summaries:
State of New Hampshire v. Albert J. Boutin, III (2014-0528)
State of New Hampshire v. Marianne King (2014-0576)

Previous Years:
2014 - Salem High School
2013 - Concord High School
2012 - Monadnock Regional High School
2011 - Moultonborough Academy
2010 - Sanborn Regional High School
2009 - Manchester Memorial High School
2008 - Souhegan High School
2007 - Bow High School
2006 - Berlin Junior High School
2005 - Phillips Exeter Academy


     The New Hampshire Supreme Court launched its "On the Road" program for high school students in May 2002 at St. Anselm College in Manchester. Since then, sessions have been held at Dartmouth College, Dover High School, Plymouth State University and Keene State College, Nashua High School North, Phillips Exeter Academy, Berlin Junior High School, Bow High School, Souhegan High School, Manchester Memorial High School, Sanborn Regional High School, Moultonborough Academy, Monadnock Regional High School, Concord High School, Salem High School and Bedford High School in 2015.  

      "On the Road" is a unique event, providing students, and community members, the opportunity to see the state’s highest court up close and learn about its work through a dialogue with the lawyers and the justices. “On the Road” is the only occasion when the Court convenes outside the Supreme Court building in Concord.

     Prior to each "On the Road," volunteer lawyers from the participating communities visit each of the invited schools from the area to discuss with students in advance the legal issues and proceedings involved in two cases that will be heard by the Court.  New Hampshire's attorney general visits the host school.

     "On the Road" oral arguments follow the same pattern as ones held at the Supreme Court courtroom in Concord.  Each side is given fifteen minutes to argument their case.  The only difference being, when each oral argument is finished, the Justices leave the bench which allows for the lawyers on both sides to answer questions about their cases from the students in attendance.  At the conclusion of the Q&A session regarding the second case, the Justices return to the stage, without their robes.  They are seated more informally and answer questions from the students.


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