Traveling Oral Argument in Vanderburgh County

The Supreme Court will travel to Carter Hall at the University of Southern Indiana in Evansville, to hear oral arguments in the case of B.A v. State of Indiana on Monday, October 30, at 10:30 am CDT.

If you are interested in bringing a small group of students to Evansville on October 30, please contact Sarah Kidwell.

What is an oral argument?

Public Supreme Court proceedings are called "oral arguments," which provide the Justices with the opportunity to ask attorneys questions about the cases. Usually, oral arguments last 40 minutes to an hour. An honorary bailiff will call the court to order. Each side has 20 minutes to argue. Typically the appealing party will open the argument, the other side then responds, and then the appealing party has the last word. More information including rules for attending Supreme Court oral arguments can be found online.

Relevant State Social Studies Standards

The traveling oral arguments program addresses state academic standards in U.S. Government and United States History. The argument process demonstrates the principles of due process, judicial review, and an independent judiciary.

Case materials for B.A v. State of Indiana (49S02-1709-JV-567)

A thirteen-year-old student was questioned in the assistant principal's office in the presence of school resource officers about a bomb threat written on a middle school wall, and the student made statements about the threat. After the State alleged him to be a delinquent child, the student moved to suppress his statements and argued he had been subjected to custodial interrogation without Miranda warnings and without waiving his rights. The Marion Superior Court denied the motion to suppress and found the student to be a delinquent child. The Court of Appeals affirmed, finding no error in admission of the statements. B.A. v. State, 73 N.E.3d 720 (Ind. Ct. App. 2017), vacated. The Supreme Court has granted transfer and has assumed jurisdiction over the appeal.

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