Utah Supreme Court brings its cases to USU and the public is invited

Have you ever wanted to see a real Supreme Court in action? Your chance is coming Monday at Utah State University. The Utah Supreme Court is traveling north to conduct its usual business in what will be the justices’ first Logan-based court session in known history. The five justices will hear oral arguments in two cases in a makeshift court room on the stage at the Russell/Wanlass Performance Hall.

The first case begins at 10:30 a.m. with the second at 11:20 a.m. A question-and-answer session with the justices will follow. On KVNU’s For the People program on Friday, Janelle Hyatt, communications director for USU’s College of Humanities and Social Sciences (CHASS), told host Jason Williams how this came about.

“Actually this started with the Supreme Court themselves, they decided they wanted to travel around and have Utahns be more familiar with their work. They’re kind of stuck in the Matheson Courthouse in Salt Lake and we northerners usually don’t get down (there).

“So they actually approached us and we decided to do it in our college because of our Law and Constitutional studies program, which is a great pre-law program,” said Hyatt.

The first case involves a 16-year-old male who was ordered to stand trial as an adult for an armed robbery in Weber County. The Utah Court of Appeals overturned the earlier decision, noting that the juvenile court judge should have recused herself because her husband took part in the prosecution.

The second case involves a Utah Teamsters union local vs the Utah Transit Authority in a proceeding that will look at whether rail operations supervisors are “employees” for the purpose of collective bargaining. The event is free and open to all students and community members. For more information, and to download the briefs, visit <a href=”http://chass.usu.edu/court” target=”_blank”>chass.usu.edu/court</a>.

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