Georgia Supreme Court road show

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On Monday, the Georgia Supreme Court will take to the road for an away game in Darien.

The court travels outside Atlanta each year to hear cases to make the judicial process more accessible to the public, spokeswoman Jane Hansen said.

[McIntosh County] Sheriff Steve Jessup said the justices and their spouses will stay in private homes and that his deputies will provide part of the security.

The visit to Darien was arranged by Alvin Leaphart, a Jesup lawyer who has been on the Board of Governors of the State Bar of Georgia for years.

“It will give our school children a chance to see how the court works, and a better impression of how the judicial system works,’’ Leaphart said.

Leaphart said he understands that 85 students will be bused to the courtroom for each of two sessions. It will take 40 minutes each for two of the cases and 20 minutes for the other, he said.

That will leave the justices with a lot of time outside the courtroom and Leaphart’s wife, Beverly, has been arranging accommodations and activities.

County schools Superintendent Al Hunter said it’s a great opportunity for the high school students.

“That’s so exciting for our kids,’’ he said. “We’ve told them how significant this is. We’ve explained it’s not an opportunity every student has.”

Hunter said teachers have been talking about the upcoming session for weeks.

Kudos to the State Supremes for doing this.