Local students see justice system at work

By Wade Linville – News Democrat

Students of the Fayetteville-Perry High School Government and Street Law courses and students of the Southern Hills Career and Technical Center Criminal Justice Program got the opportunity to see the court system in action on April 5.
The students visited the courthouse in Georgetown to witness four hearings before Brown County Common Pleas Judge Scott Gusweiler.  The students were also able to witness an appeals case heard by the justices of the Ohio 12th District Court of Appeals.
12th District Court Administrator Ben Manning  educated the students on the counties included in District 12 and the wide variety of cases heard at the district court level.  “I think it is very important for students to receive this type of experience,” said Fayetteville-Perry Government Instructor Jeff Lockhart, who attended the trip with his students.
“Most of their experience with the court system is very limited, mainly to what they see on television, so I think it’s a good program. We’ve been coming for four or five years now, and Judge Gusweiler is very straight forward and has a good rapport with the kids. He answers all of their questions and makes it simple enough that they can all understand it.”
Local court hearings witnessed by the students included two probation violations and two pleas.