Hannah Evans gets front row look at judicial system
by By Hannah Evans
Sep 23, 2012 | 1317 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Circuit Court Judge Michael Sharp poses for a picture with 13-year-old Hannah Evans, of Cleveland. Judge Sharp invited Hannah to watch the jury selection process for a trial on Sept. 18. Hannah is the daughter of Perk Evans.
Banner photo, DAVID DAVIS
Circuit Court Judge Michael Sharp poses for a picture with 13-year-old Hannah Evans, of Cleveland. Judge Sharp invited Hannah to watch the jury selection process for a trial on Sept. 18. Hannah is the daughter of Perk Evans. Banner photo, DAVID DAVIS
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On Sept. 18, I was invited to the Honorable Judge J. Michael Sharp's courtroom to sit in on a court session.

I was very nervous about what would happen in court, but secretary Sandy Spence led me to the judge’s personal chamber through a highly secured area with deputies at every corner.

I gradually became calm again. After I talked to the judge about the case for a while, Sandy Spence came and took me to my reserved seat on the front row. After I was seated, the bailiff, Deputy James Dearth, walked in and said, "All rise!" He was followed by Judge Sharp, who took his seat at the bench. Then the bailiff said, “May be seated” to the people in the courtroom.

I smiled to myself, that I have such an important friend as the judge. Once the jury trial began I thought it would only take a few minutes to start the actual case. It was more like the complete opposite — it took several hours. I also thought they would pick the jury by lining them up along the wall, ask the questions, then go to each individual and ask what their answer was.

But, instead of doing it that way, they asked the group of people the questions, then the jurors choose to answer it or not. I think that this was an exciting educational experience for someone my age.

Judge Sharp said, "Everyone should get to experience something like this at some point in their life; it's a great learning experience for whoever uses the information the correct way."

It was a great experience because the judicial system is one of the three main branches of government. This has been very educational, intellectually stimulating, and lots of fun to do. This is definitely something I want to do again. Maybe someday the nameplate on the bench will read: Judge Hannah Evans.