(Neb)-Court Of Appeals Meets Today In Chadron Listen
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CHADRON - The Nebraska Court of Appeals meets in Chadron for the first time ever this morning, a session that's open to the public and begins at 9:30 in the Chadron State College Student Center Ballroom. It will be streamed online at chadronstate.tv.
Nebraska's second-highest court has 6 members but only 3 are in Chadron because, as Chief Judge Frankie Moore says, that's the way it always operates to be able to hear more cases in more communities. The Court of Appeals will hold one or more sessions each in about a half-dozen cases cities across the state each year.
The Chadron visit, though is part of the court's College Campus Initiative, which began in 2012 and holds sessions on college campus with area high school students invited as well. Chadron State officials say over 100 high students are expected today.
A unique feature of the Campus Initiative visits is a question-and-answer period with the students after the cases are all heard. Judge Moore says the primary focus of the Q&A time is to explain exactly what the appellate side of the criminal justice system is all about.
Moore says she and her fellow judges also try to use the time to encourage the high school and college students to start thinking seriously about the law as a career.
The Court of Appeals hears pretty much all appeals except those dealing with the death penalty or constitutional issues, which go directly from the district court to the state Supreme Court.
The four cases being heard today are a termination of parental rights case from Scotts Bluff County, a negligent death suit against the hospital in Sidney, a debt collection case involving money owed Chadron Community Hospital, and a criminal case for willful reckless driving in Sheridan County.
Judge Moore wanted to offer cases from all areas of the law - criminal, civil, juvenile - but also wanted cases from the Panhandle so that the parties in each would not have to travel too far.
With Judge Moore in Chadron are Judges Everett Inbody and Francie Riedmann. The trio has already reviewed the lower court record and the written briefs in each case, and today will hear oral arguments with each side limited to 10 minutes...including questions by the judges.
There will be no decisions today. Instead, Moore says they'll review and deliberate each case together and alone over days or weeks before finally reaching a majority decision. One member will then be selected to write the decision, which will be released after all 3 sign off on it.
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