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Johnson County District Court to celebrate Constitution Day

On Sept. 17, 1787, our nation’s Founding Fathers signed the Constitution of the United States of America.

Next week, Johnson County Government will celebrate the birth of American government with Constitution Day.

Johnson County District Court will host evening Constitution Day events 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 15, that are open to the public. Nearly 900 elementary through high school students will convene on the courthouse 9 a.m. to noon on Friday, Sept. 16, for student-focused Constitution Day events. Media are invited to attend both the public and school events.

“We're so pleased to have Appeals Court Judge Arnold-Burger here to discuss the Informed Voter Project on both days,” said District Court Judge Keven O’Grady. “It’s important for us who work in the court system every day to do all we can to help everyone understand what we do and how we do it.  Thursday evening is adult-focused and the public will learn about the Jewish Community Center shooting trial of 2015. For Friday, we're ecstatic with the school response and look forward to hosting hundreds of students ranging from third grade to high school seniors.”

Students and members of the public will meet district court legal professionals, be given a tour of the courthouse and attend a presentation on the three branches of government.

Johnson County Board of County Commissioners will proclaim Sept. 17, 2016, as Constitution Day at the Sept. 15 meeting.

The public events on Sept. 15 are as follows:

  • 4 to 8 p.m., help Center open house;
  • 5 to 5:45, courthouse tour;
  • 5 to 8, ask-a-lawyer, hosted by the Johnson County Bar Association and Inns of Court;
  • 5:45 to 6:30, Informed Voters Project with Kansas Court of Appeals Judge Karen Arnold-Burger;
  • 6:30 to 7:15, courthouse tour;
  • 7:15 to 8, attorney panel about 2015 Jewish Community Center shooting trial.

The public is asked to register to attend the courthouse tours by calling 913-715-3300. For special accommodations, please call 913-715-0725 at least 24 hours in advance.