Traveling Oral Argument

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The Supreme Court will travel to Owen Valley High School in Spencer (Owen County), to hear oral arguments on Friday, April 20, at 9:30 am EDT.

If you are interested in bringing a small group of students to Spencer on April 20, please contact Sarah Kidwell.

What is an oral argument?

Public Supreme Court proceedings are called "oral arguments," which provide the Justices with the opportunity to ask attorneys questions about the cases. Usually, oral arguments last 40 minutes to an hour. An honorary bailiff will call the court to order. Each side has 20 minutes to argue. Typically the appealing party will open the argument, the other side then responds, and then the appealing party has the last word. More information including rules for attending Supreme Court oral arguments can be found online.

Relevant State Social Studies Standards

The traveling oral arguments program addresses state academic standards in U.S. Government and United States History. The argument process demonstrates the principles of due process, judicial review, and an independent judiciary.

Case materials for J.W. v. State of Indiana (33A04-1708-JV-1934)

Seventeen-year-old J.W. was arrested and charged with False Informing when he gave a false name to police and emergency room personnel after a reported suicide attempt. J.W. pled guilty, and the Henry Circuit Court adjudicated J.W. a delinquent child and committed him to the Department of Correction. The Court of Appeals dismissed J.W.’s appeal, holding in an unpublished decision that a juvenile cannot directly appeal his own guilty plea in a delinquency matter and should instead seek relief under Trial Rule 60. J.W. v. State, 2017 WL 6273184 (Ind. Ct. App. Dec. 11, 2017), trans. pending. J.W. has petitioned the Indiana Supreme Court to accept jurisdiction over the appeal.

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