Monticello students visit court
MONTICELLO, NY — Fifth graders from the George L. Cooke School had the opportunity to visit Sullivan County Court and Judge Frank J. LaBuda recently. The students and teachers, Jane Sorensen, EPIC program coordinator, Mr. Prestianni, Ms. Janusas, Ms. Landau and Ms. Accardo were involved in an active discussion with Judge LaBuda regarding the types of civil and criminal cases that are handled in the Courthouse. Commissioner of Jurors George Cooke was also present to explain the importance of jury service. All the students were very interested in the question, “Why do judges wear black robes?” Judge LaBuda answered, in part for tradition and respect of the office, but also to show that being a judge in the United States is a somber position of trust, with a duty to treat all people fairly and equally under the law when they come to the Courthouse for justice.