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Reading and writing key to appeals court job

Appeals court judges have to enjoy reading and writing, students from Bellefontaine, Benjamin Logan and Riverside high schools learned Wednesday.

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Marion attorney Kevin Collins, right, talks about the nuances of trying a case and arguing an appeal during Wednesday’s visiting session of the Third District Court of Appeals at Bellefontaine High School’s Distance Learning Center. The court, which covers 17 counties in West Central Ohio, held the session so that around 100 students from Bellefontaine, Benjamin Logan and Riverside high schools could learn more about its role in the judicial system. (EXAMINER PHOTO | JOEL E. MAST)

“It’s like writing two term papers a week,” Third District Court of Appeals Judge Stephen R. Shaw told about 100 students after a visiting court session Wednesday at Bellefontaine’s Distance Learning Center.

“Each of us,” he said, motioning to the three others judges, “have to produce about 100 opinions a year. On top of that, we read 300 or more opinions authored by the other judges.”

But the studying doesn’t end there, Judge Shaw noted. Each case before the court will have briefs that have to be read followed by researching legal precedents.

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