Shepaug Valley School, April 18, 2023
Bringing Real-Life Court Cases to Students and the Community
The Appellate Court provides high school and college students with the opportunity to
observe oral arguments in actual court cases through its popular “On Circuit” program.
Each year, the court selects a school at which to hear arguments, with the goal of educating
students about the role and responsibilities of the appellate system through this interactive
and engaging real-life experience.
All arguments are open to the public and members of the community are welcome to attend.
Several people are involved with the planning process once a site is selected, including Appellate
Court staff and school faculty and volunteer attorneys who prepare the students on what to expect
the day of the arguments. Two cases are typically argued on the day of the event, and after each
argument, the attorneys who argued the case participate in a question-and-answer session with the
Since 1996, when the program began, the Appellate Court has visited more than 20 high schools and
colleges throughout the state. If you are interested in having the Court visit your school, please
List of schools/colleges the Appellate Court has visited
Cases the Appellate Court has heard as part of the program