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Gig Harbor Law Day 2016



Gig Harbor Municipal Court is pleased to announce 2016 Law Day theme:

Miranda: More than Words

Gig Harbor Municipal Court and the Boys & Girls Club of South Puget Sound are joining the American Bar Association in the celebration of National Law Day 2016 with a local Poster & Essay Contest. Gig Harbor students K-12 are invited to participate by submitting an essay of 300 words maximum OR a poster no larger than 8 1/2” x 11” reflecting this year’s Law Day theme, “Miranda: More Than

The winning selections and prizes will be presented 5:30pm-7 pm at a City Council Meeting on April 25th at the Gig Harbor Civic Center, located at 3510 Grandview Street. Students, parents, families, and the public are invited to attend.

In 2016, the nation marks the 50th anniversary of perhaps the nation’s best-known U.S. Supreme Court case, Miranda v. Arizona. The Miranda Warning, which was developed in response to this landmark
ruling, apprises suspects being interrogated by police of their right to remain silent and their
right to legal representation. This year’s theme provides an opportunity to explore our criminal
justice system and the importance of procedural fairness and equal justice under the law.

We at Gig Harbor Municipal Court hope to spark interest and inspiration for local students, grades
K-12, to participate in this event.

Entries are due by April 8th. Entries will be accepted at the Boys & Girls Club of South Puget
Sound and the Gig Harbor Civic Center between the hours of 8am and 5pm, and will be on display in
the Civic Center during the month of April. This event is made possible by donations and support
from the following local sponsors: The Jaycox Benevolent Fund, Boy & Girls Club of South Puget
Sound, and Gene Lynn Investments.


Please submit your entry with the REGISTRATION FORM by Friday, April 8th, 2015 to Gig Harbor Municipal Court. All entries will be displayed at the Civic Center in the month of April.

  • Only 1 entry per student (submit your choice of an ESSAY or POSTER)
  • Registration form must be attached to your entry upon submission
  • Essays must not exceed more than 300 words
  • Posters must be on paper no larger than 8 1/2 x 11 inches, no computer imaging
  • Entries are due no later than April 8th, 2015 by 4:30 pm at Gig Harbor Municipal Court
  • This year's topic: Miranda: More than Words


Essays will be judged based on their creativity, insightfulness, effort and topic knowledge.

Posters will be judged based on their creativity, originality, topic knowledge and ability to convey the intended message.


We invite you to join us at 5:30pm on Monday, April 25th at Gig Harbor Civic Center for announcement of the winning contestants. The winning prizes include: Each Category 1st place $300, 2nd Place $200 and 3rd Place $100.

Miranda: More than Words

Why is it important for people who are being questioned by police to have their Miranda Rights read
to them? Why do you think people should have the right to remain silent when being questioned by
police? Why should they have a right to have a lawyer present when being questioned by police?

Miranda v. Arizona, decided by the Supreme Court in 1966 by a 5-4 majority, held that the
Constitution’s Fifth Amendment prohibition against self-incrimination applied to an individual in police custody or ‘deprived of his freedom of action in any significant way.’ In order to safeguard this right, the Court ruled that prior to being questioned suspects have to be informed of their right to remain silent, that anything they say can be used against them in court, that they have the right to the presence of an attorney, and that if they cannot afford an attorney one will be appointed prior to questioning if they so desire.

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Law Day 2016 Award Winners
Elyse Miyake=1st Place-Gig Harbor HS
Emma Barber=2nd Place-Gig Harbor HS
Lucas Hayden=3rd Place-Discovery Elem

Honorable Mention
Laila Douglas=Artondale Elem

Kate Everling= 1st Place-Goodman MS
Mia Filand=2nd Place-Harbor Ridge MS
Justin Dennis=3rd Place-Purdy Elem





Law Day Photos from 2014 & 2015
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