(Neb)-CSC Prepared For Appeals Court Visit
CHADRON - Everything is set for tomorrow's first-ever visit to Chadron State College by the Nebraska Court of Appeals.
A 3-judge panel of the state's second-highest court will hold a formal session tomorrow in the Student Center starting at 9:30. It's open to the general public and will be streamed online at chadronstate.tv.
Chief Judge Frankie Moore says the visit is part of the court's College Campus Initiative, which was begun in 2012 but hasn't come out to the Panhandle before.
Chadron State officials say over 100 students from area high schools are expected to sit in on the Appeals Court visit.
The Nebraska Court of Appeals handles about 1,200 cases per year, but most are resolved by memorandum decisions with only about 400 written opinions.
The full Court seldom hears cases with initial appeals heard by 3-judge panels and the full court getting involved only if it grants a request by one of the parties.
Judge Moore will be joined in Chadron by Judges Everett Inbody and Francie Riedmann to hear 4 cases, all from the Panhandle and covering the 3 main areas of law - criminal, civil, and family or juvenile law.
Moore says they have already reviewed the lower court record and written briefs in the case, with tomorrow the opportunity for the attorneys from each side to make their oral arguments. Each side has a pre-set time limit and the judges will ask questions.
The session will be followed in the coming days and weeks with deliberation by the judges until they reach a majority vote, at which time one member will be assigned to write the decision. Written decisions aren’t published in all cases, but those that are will be released online.
One aspect of the Chadron visit that is unique to the court's College Campus Initiative will be a period when the audience can ask questions of the judges about the judicial process and the workings of the Court of Appeals.
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