Junior Class Witnesses Legal Process First-Hand through Schools in the Court Program

The Indian Creek School Class of 2020 recently visited the District Court in Annapolis to learn about the legal, financial, and sometimes devastating consequences of making poor choices.

During the District Court’s Schools in the Court program on October 18 and November 29, members of the ICS junior class had the opportunity to  witness court proceedings and meet members of the Maryland State Police K-9 squad. The students also heard directly from people who have experienced negative effects of poor decisions.

“Students sat in on court cases with defendants who are not much older than the students themselves,” said Anne Arundel County District Judge (and ICS parent) Shaem C.P. Spencer, who leads the program. “We want them to see first-hand how the legal system works and understand how making the wrong choices about things like driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, drug use, speeding, and other crimes may lead to life-changing consequences.”

“Our goal with the Schools in the Court program is to make students aware that choices they make at this point in their lives will have a profound effect on their futures,” said John P. Morrissey, Chief Judge of the District Court of Maryland (and ICS parent.) “I commend Judge Spencer for his ability to engage the students while discussing real-world scenarios and actual cases.”