WILMINGTON -- It's been 20 years since the North Carolina Court of Appeals made an appearance in Wilmington. Monday three judges heard four real cases from the court of appeals at UNCW's student Fisher Center. Students from the university and area high schools were able to sit in and hear the testimony. The judges who heard the cases say students typically respond well to the first-hand experience. N.C. Court of Appeals Chief Judge John Martin said, "About how interesting it is to see a real court doing real work instead of just reading about it in the textbooks and hearing about it from their professors." The Court of Appeals usually hears cases in Raleigh. After hearing the cases the judges had lunch with members of the fifth judicial district, including New Hanover County District Attorney Ben David.
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