Supreme Court Announces 2012-2013 Adjudicative Term, including Special Sessions PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Steve Davis   
Monday, 06 August 2012 08:15

Des Moines, (August 2, 2012) —The Iowa Supreme Court today announced the calendar for its 2012-2013 adjudicative term, including special sessions to hear oral arguments in communities around the state. The court's adjudicative term is from September 2, 2012, to June 30, 2013.

The court will hear oral arguments in Ottumwa, Waterloo, Sioux City, and Dubuque. The sessions are scheduled for the evening for the convenience of members of the public who wish to attend.   Each of Iowa's two law schools will also host oral arguments with limited seating for the public, and there will be a special evening session in Des Moines for central Iowa residents who may not have been able to attend the court's regular morning and afternoon sessions in the past.

The court's special session schedule:

September 7, 2012

University of Iowa College of Law

9 a.m.

September 19, 2012

Ottumwa

7 p.m.

October 11, 2012

Waterloo

7 p.m.

February 19, 2013

Des Moines

7 p.m.

March 7, 2013

Drake University Law School

9 a.m.

March 12, 2013

Sioux City

7 p.m.

April 10, 2013

Dubuque

7 p.m.

The court will continue its regular schedule of oral arguments in Des Moines during the adjudicative term. All supreme court oral arguments are open to the public.

"After visiting several Iowa communities to hear oral arguments, we confirmed there is a real interest throughout the state in seeing the supreme court at work," Chief Justice Mark Cady said. "Iowans are very interested to hear about the role of the courts and see what we do as justices of the supreme court."

Between May, 2011, and April, 2012, the supreme court heard oral arguments in Cedar Rapids, Mason City, Carroll, Council Bluffs and Bettendorf. Coinciding with each visit, the justices met with high school government and American history classes. Justices of the supreme court visited 36 schools in 21 cities.

"We also plan to continue our school visits," Chief Justice Cady said. "My colleagues and I enjoy visiting with young people about our responsibilities on the supreme court, the Iowa court system, and to answer questions students may have about the judicial branch of government. The students always have excellent questions, and by meeting with them we hope to help explain the role of the courts within our constitutional democracy."

The court will continue its regular schedule of oral arguments in Des Moines during the adjudicative term. All supreme court oral arguments are open to the public.

The court's complete calendar for its 2012-2013 term is attached.

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