The Connecticut Supreme Court will travel to
University in Waterbury on Wednesday, Oct. 20, 2004, to hear
arguments in two cases – one criminal and one civil.
The Court’s appearance at TPU
is part of an ongoing educational initiative of the
Connecticut Judicial Branch to introduce students, educators
and the general public to the role and responsibilities of the
appellate court system.
"Among the highlights of the
year is visiting campuses across the state to educate students
about how our appellate courts work," Chief Justice William J.
Sullivan said. "Based on the feedback we’ve received, the
students enjoy the experience immensely. And so do we."
"We are honored to welcome the
Connecticut Supreme Court to our campus and pleased to share
this extraordinary educational experience, not only with our
students, both local and international, but with the youth of
the Greater Waterbury area," Dr. Jon Jay DeTemple, TPU’s
president, said. "The chance to observe a civil and criminal
case at the appellate level and discuss the issues with the
attorneys involved is a rare and valuable learning
Several area high schools have
been invited to the event as well.
The justices will hear the
cases in the university’s Drubner Center gymnasium.
The first case, State vs.
Nicholas Brunetti, will be heard at 10 a.m. The second
case, Kaylee Manifold PPA et al vs. Commissioner,
Department of Children & Families et al, will start at
noon. Summaries of both cases are accessible through the
Judicial Branch website, at
The following items may not be
brought into the courtroom: cellular telephones, pagers,
radios, cassette players, CD players, DVD players,
televisions, recording devices, cameras, video equipment, boom
boxes, bladed or pointed items, weapons, and food and
beverages. To help the screening process, it is recommended
that guests not bring briefcases, backpacks, pocketbooks or
bags. The event is open to the public.
After each session, a volunteer
attorney and Professor Peter Chepya, director of legal studies
at TPU, and former Probate Judge Frederic Mascolo, an adjunct
professor at TPU, will moderate a question-and-answer period.
Lawyers involved in the cases will discuss their objectives
and strategies with the students. News organizations will be
permitted to record, broadcast, televise and photograph the
For further information, please
contact the External Affairs Division, Connecticut Judicial
Branch, at 860-757-2270.