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Students get first-hand look at court system

Students from Boone and Crockett participated in the SCALES project where they got the chance to witness a court case and talk with state leaders. (Photo contributed)


On Tuesday, Nov. 19, students from both David Crockett and Daniel Boone High Schools attended the SCALES project where they observed an actual court case. 

Students were able to meet the Justices and had an opportunity to ask them questions, including Mr. Chief Justice Jeffery Bivins, Justice Cornelia Clark, and Justice Roger Page. Crockett students in attendance were Ronquille Joyner, Cade Larkins, Seth Bible, Madison Furgeson, and Jack Roney. 

The SCALES project is a Tennessee Supreme Court initiative designed to educate high school students about the judicial branch of government. SCALES, which stands for Supreme Court Advancing Legal Education for Students, gives students a unique opportunity to hear the oral arguments for an actual Supreme Court case in a nearby community.

“The Tennessee Supreme Court believes that educating young people about the judicial branch is paramount to creating productive citizens,” Justice Cornelia Clark said.

“The SCALES project is a great opportunity for high school students to get a firsthand look at the Supreme Court in action, while also developing an appreciation for the rule of law and the role it plays in our society.”

Since the creation of the program in 1995, the SCALES project has given more than 36,000 Tennessee students from more than 540 high schools the ability to see the judicial branch in action.

This program has been made possible thanks to generous support from the Ansley Fund of The Frist Foundation.

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