My judicial experience

Submitted by KOverdorf on Fri, 07/11/2014 - 09:45

On 06/19/2014 I learned more about the judicial system, than I thought I would. There are a lot of local government branches. I've also come to realize that the local level is just one level of our county government. There are a lot of services that the local government does that I was not aware of. I enjoyed listening to all the speakers, Judge Parker, Michael Regan, Daniel Guiney, and Lisa O'Connell. Judge Parker handles many different levels of the judicial system; he does estate court, family court, and is also acting Supreme court Judge. Lisa O'Connell was my favorite speaker. I did not realize that there was so much involved in the picking of a jury. She was informative on all of her bases. She also gave use extra information on The New York State Courts, and about the way they pick people for jury duty. All of the speakers were informative on their specialties. It was very interesting sitting in on some of the cases that Judge Parker did that day. It was interesting to hear the way the lawyers stated their cases to the Judge's decision. I guess I was kind of naive in that area. I have been to traffic court before but never to a court hearing for anything else. The jail tour was very interesting. Officer Iver's was very informative on the process and daily operations of the jail system. He explained all processes from the person being arrested to the finger printing, and the searching of the offender. He walked us through the process. He explained how they raise pheasants to release back into the county, and how that brings in tax revenue. He toured us through the gardens that the inmates maintain. He explained how the jail is maintained through revenue from other jail systems, by housing inmates from other facilities. I learned that there are many resources in our county that, I did not know existed. I am thankful for this opportunity in the Leadership Allegany class.