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Traveling Oral Argument

Indiana Supreme Court courtroom.

The Indiana Supreme Court will hear an oral argument on Monday, February 19 at 5:15 p.m. (Eastern) in the Supreme Court Courtroom at the State House.

Read the January 12 press release

Any individuals interested in attending should 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.

Case materials

Angela Y. Smith and Dylan Williams and $11,180 in United States Currency v. State of Indiana (23S-MI-345)

The State seized $11,180 in a parole-related search of Dylan Williams’s apartment. His aunt, Angela Smith, intervened, asserting the currency was hers and she had given it to her nephew to hold. The Marion Superior Court issued an order finding the currency was subject to forfeiture, but the order did not state Smith did not own the currency. The Court of Appeals affirmed, rejecting Smith’s argument that the State did not prove a connection between the currency and criminal activity because that argument presupposed Smith had standing to make the argument as the owner of the currency. Smith, et al., v. State, 213 N.E.3d 1120 (Ind. Ct. App. July 24, 2023) (mem.), vacated. The Indiana Supreme Court has granted Smith’s petition to transfer and assumed jurisdiction over the case.

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