Oral arguments about warrantless search are coming to MU April 14

MathiasExperience the judicial process when Appeals on Wheels visits Manchester University’s North Manchester campus.

Appeals on Wheels, which features oral arguments of the Indiana State Court of Appeals, will bring a case entitled Johnson v. State of Indiana to the campus. It will take place in the Jo Young Switzer Center, upper level, at 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 14. It is free and open to the public.

During an oral argument, a bailiff calls the court into session, the judges enter, and lawyers for the parties present their arguments and answer the judges’ questions. This particular argument will address concerns of whether oCroner not a warrantless search violated the United States and Indiana constitutions.

The panel of judges will include Judge Paul D. Mathias of Allen County, Judge Michael P. Barnes of St. Joseph County, and Judge Terry A. Crone of St. Joseph County.

Through this program, participants will see how attorneys and judges argue about the law. Not only will they get to see the practice of oral argument, but the judges will also answer questions and help explain the judicial process after the case has been heard. The judges will answer students questions afterward, but not about this case.

According to the Appeals on Wheels website, the program has conducted more than 400 cases since it began in 2001. The program travels to high schools, colleges and law schools, as well as conferences, tourist sites and retirement centers. 

This event at Manchester is underwritten by the Harvey L. and Alice A. Long Memorial Lectureship and Scholarship Fund.

Court decorum will be observed: No phones, cameras, talking, eating or drinking will be allowed.

According to a statement from the court, "Reporters, including student journalists, may ask the court’s permission to record the argument in audio, video or photographic formats. Email requests to Court Administrator Steve Lancaster (CourtofAppeals@courts.in.gov) at least 48 hours before the scheduled start of the argument."

April 6, 2015

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