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Supreme Court Road Trip

The only voices being heard in front of an audience at the Casper College Music Hall on Thursday were arguments from lawyers as the auditorium was transformed into a supreme courtroom.

“It gives them a chance that they may never get, to ask the sort questions that they asked here and to understand more not only about the judiciary but government, generally.” said William Hill, Wyoming Supreme Court Justice.

Students wondered how a case even makes it to the Supreme Court

“There has to be a loser in trial court and that person has to decide they want to appeal it.” said Hill.

Any case appealed in a trial court can be brought to the Supreme Court. Unlike the U.S. Supreme Court whose members choose which cases will be heard.

“We don't have the option of saying no to any case that is properly brought to us, so we hear every kind of case you can imagine." Said Hill

And in Wyoming, Supreme Court justices are appointed by the governor instead of elected by the public.

“Most people think that's a much better system than selecting our judges the same way we select our politicians.” said Marilyn Kite, Wyoming Supreme Court Chief Justice.

But once appointed, they are retained in office by public vote.

“We want judges to be independent when applying law and facts and making policy and to do that they need to be selected in a fair and balanced way." said Kite.


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