24th District Court     


Law Day


School Participation

Liberty Bell Awards



Each year in May, the 24th District Court celebrates Law Day.  This event allows students at local schools and members of the public to tour the courthouse and learn more about the criminal justice system.  Various law enforcement agencies attend and provide informational displays as a public service. Participants over the past few years include the following organizations:

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School Participation

Mock Trials are held in the courtrooms during the Law Day celebration.  Students from Allen Park, Inter-City Baptist, Melvindale, Academy of Business/Technology and St. Frances Cabrini High Schools act out the roles of judge, court reporter, attorney, plaintiff, defendant, witnesses and jurors.

Students from Inter-City Baptist, Melvindale High School, Allen Park High School and Academy of Business/Technology join in the Mock Trials.  The High School students, assisted by local attorneys, put on an excellent display of theatrics and knowledge of the law.

In addition, middle school students participate in an essay competition.  Past topics involved school dress codes, an analysis of a Supreme Court decision on due process for minors and a recent Michigan Court of Appeals decision on underage drinking in Canada.  The topic for 2010 is "Law in the 21st Century".  Winners receive a certificate of achievement as well as an Olympic-style medal.  We received many excellent submissions, and the winners for the past three years are as follows:


Law Day 2007

Law Day 2009 Law Day 2010
First Place Heather Rowland Caitlin LeRoux Kelly Pettit
Second Place Julie Haddix Josh Abeare Emma Fink
Third Place Ariel Lassiter Mike Williams Olivia Fucinari

Elementary school students also participate by creating posters, which are displayed throughout the court during Law Day.  


Law Day 2010

First Place

Cameron Chabot

Second Place

Carlos Agens

Third Place

Leanne Nutter

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Liberty Bell Awards

Each year, the 24th District Court recognizes outstanding members of the community during its Law Day celebration with the Liberty Bell Awards.  This coveted award is presented by to individuals who have promoted a better understanding of the law and judicial system, stimulated a sense of civic responsibility or contributed to effective government.  All of the winners receive an engraved plaque and a decorative lapel pin. 

Law Day 2007 Liberty Bell Award Winners



Law Day 2009 Liberty Bell Award Winners



Law Day 2010 Liberty Bell Award Winners


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