The Rhode Island Supreme Court is heading out of the courthouse Thursday, to hear cases at Rhode Island College.
Court spokesman Craig Berke said the event will feature cases that may spark the interest of college students. That includes an appeal of a criminal conviction for sexual assault. Burke said it will be an educational opportunity, especially for Pre-Law and political science students.
“We have volunteer lawyers who will be speaking to the classes at some point before Thursday morning’s session. They will give the students a sense of what the issues are," said Burke.
Berke says the event, known as “riding the circuit,” dates back to when judges traveled on horseback around their jurisdictions to hear cases. He says the revival of “riding the circuit” aims to make the Supreme Court’s work more accessible to the public.
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