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West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals Hears Cases in Randolph County

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The West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals was in Elkins Tuesday to hear arguments in four cases.

The LAWS project stands for Legal Advancement for West Virginia Students. The court holds this program in a different community each year.

This was the first time in an educational setting that the court visited Randolph County. The LAWS project teaches students the judicial branch of government.

"This gives the children an opportunity to see what a court is like especially at the appellate level, and this is the highest court in West Virginia so these are cases that with all likely hood will end today after arguments and after we decide on the cases," said Chief Justice Brent Benjamin.

High school students from three counties traveled to the Randolph County Courthouse to hear attorneys present four different cases. Each school that participated was given a case to study, and then hear that case before the court.

"Been doing a lot of studying about the case, and I think none of us have been in a court room and I think this is our first experience, and for it to be the Supreme Court we're all just really excited," said Tommy Cain, a student at Elkins High School.

Students, attorneys, and even judges who listened in on the proceedings said this was a wonderful experience.

Randolph County Circuit Judge Jaymie Wilfong said it was interesting to see where students' minds were going when the cases were being presented.

"What issues were important to them, what they picked out as the significant issues and I think we have some smart students asking some really hard questions," said Wilfong.

"Hopefully there's some future lawyers sitting in the audience and they'll go onto law school and become good lawyers that will appear before us," Benjamin said.

The court is proud to have educated nearly 4,500 students through LAWS since it was started by then Chief Justice Robin Davis in 1999.