Students from Bolton and East Catholic high schools also will attend the arguments, which will occur in the THS auditorium.
On Circuit is an educational initiative that started more than 25 years ago in an effort to provide students and educators with a greater understanding of the state's high court and its role and procedures.
"The Court is very excited about the trip to Tolland High School," Chief Justice Chase T. Rogers said. "We enjoy going to schools as part of the On Circuit program, and we’re grateful to Tolland High School's staff and students for their hospitality. This is a tremendous learning opportunity, and we’re pleased that students from other area high schools can also attend."
Tolland High School Principal Dominique Fox said it is an invaluable educational opportunity.
"We are extremely fortunate to be hosting the Connecticut Supreme Court ‘On Circuit’ program," she said. "This unique opportunity provides our students, as well as other area students, with an authentic, real-time experience to acquire a deeper understanding of the Connecticut court system. Through the synopses provided by the volunteer attorneys, observations of the oral arguments and participation in a question-and-answer period following the arguments, students will expand their knowledge of the appellate system."
The Court is scheduled to hear the criminal case of State of Connecticut v. Robert Eleck at 9:30 a.m.
The second case, Roland Todd White v. Mazda Motor of America, Inc., is a civil matter and is slated to start at 11 a.m.
Briefs are available in both cases at http://blog.ctbriefsonline.com/, and arguments in each case will last approximately one hour.
A question-and-answer period with counsel from the case, teachers, students and volunteer attorneys will follow each argument.
Several area lawyers have volunteered to help prepare the students in advance of the arguments, including AnnMarie Alexander; Paul S. Bailin; Malcolm F. Barlow; Martin B. Burke; Cynthia Barlow, lawyers from the Public Defender’s Office; Justin R. Clark; Matthew C. Gedansky, state’s attorney, Judicial District of Tolland; Michael Kopsick; and Assistant Attorney General John Langmaid.
"The On Circuit program is the success that it is in large part because of the tremendous amount of work these attorneys put into prepping students beforehand,” Chief Justice Rogers said. "We appreciate all that they do to ensure that the students know what to expect."
Judicial marshals will screen everyone entering the auditorium, and bladed or pointed items, weapons, food and beverages are not allowed. In addition, it is recommended that guests not bring in briefcases, backpacks or bags.