North Dakota State Supreme Court justices held court Monday at Trenton School.
The justices came as part of the supreme court’s Taking the Court to the Schools program, where justices talk with students and argue an active case at the school.
“It’s a huge honor for us to have them,” said Chad Berger, a social studies teacher at Trenton school.
Berger sent an invitation to the state supreme court a year ago, and Trenton School was one of two schools selected for the year.
“About how many cases do you think we have a month?” asked Justice Daniel Crothers while meeting with a class of eighth graders.
“Five?” Guessed one of the students. He was wrong, but the kids sallied forth, unleashing a salvo of higher guesses until one student arrived at the correct answer, 30.
Crothers and the other justices entertained many different questions about their job. In particular, Crothers answered questions about the length of his term and how vacancies were filled if a justice died in office.
“It was really neat hearing from them what they do and how they come to different decisions,” said Makayla Ness, a sophomore.
Ness was impressed with the justices, she said, but doesn’t see herself pursuing a similar career.
“They said they have to read a lot,” she said. “That’s not my cup of tea.”
Teachers can talk about the supreme court and its justices all they want, Berger said, but getting up close and personal with the people involved in the system makes the experience powerful.
“When they get to hear them firsthand and see them firsthand it makes much more of an impression,” he said.