HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – The Alabama Supreme Court will convene in Huntsville next month to hear a case on Wednesday, September 23.
The court will hold its session at the Von Braun Center Concert Hall. The Huntsville-Madison County Bar Association is bringing the court here as part of an educational session for AP government students in Huntsville, Madison and Madison County Schools.
Mary Ena Heath, a Huntsville lawyer, is helping to organize the court’s visit. It’s unusual for Alabama’s chief justice and eight justices to go ‘on the road,’ she said, and it’s been several years since the last time the state’s high court visited the Rocket City.
“When I was in law school, I enjoyed seeing the justices visit. I think it’s important to actually see it,” Heath said. “Sometimes we base the law on what the TV shows portray in 30 minutes or an hour, and it’s important to see it’s not like that. I think it’s important that people see trials that are happening live, but also see the way our appellate system works, and see the people who interpret the highest law in Alabama.”
Due to a large number of students who are expected to attend, as well as the local law community, there is limited seating. For that reason, the event is not open to the general public, unless there are a few seats left. Students get priority, though.
The court will hear a criminal appeal by Gary Paul Schreiner of Mobile.
The Huntsville-Madison County Bar Association also plans to host a reception for the court at the newly renovated law library the evening before.