FARMINGTON -- Carissa Uresk, sitting next to the court clerk, flipped through the pages of the court calendar as the judge called each case to the podium.
The Davis High School sophomore is one of six students selected to participate in the "Judge for a Day" program in 2nd and 3rd district courts during April and May.
This is the seventh year for the program, which was organized to give high school students a behind-the-scenes look at what happens in courtrooms, officials said.
For Judge David Hamilton, Wednesday's court calendar was a light one -- about 40 cases.
"This was an odd calendar," Hamilton said. "Usually, we have several sentencing hearings, and there were no sentencing hearings."
To Carissa, it looked overwhelming.
"I was surprised," she said. "I thought there would be a couple of cases and the hearings would last longer. Instead, they were pretty short."
She also was impressed with the two public defenders, Todd Utzinger and Michael Edwards, who represented most of the defendants on the court calendar.
"They were focused on each case and knew all of the facts for each person," Carissa said.
In one hearing, the parents of a 19-year-old woman spoke to Hamilton about what they would like to see happen.
The woman had violated her probation and had been in Davis County Jail since October. She had taken a credit card that belonged to her parents and used it without their knowledge.
They had turned her in to police but are now willing to have her come home to live.
"They were so happy with her," Carissa said about the parents.
Carissa is a member of her school's debate team and has participated in mock trials as an attorney. She also has volunteered for youth court for the past two years.
She said she would like to get her law degree and become a prosecutor.
"I think the law is interesting," Carissa said.
For Hamilton, court is more than interesting. Every case, whether it is a misdemeanor traffic offense or a capital homicide, is important and "a big deal," he said.
"I get to see the Constitution at work every day."