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Traveling Oral Argument

The Supreme Court visit to the University of Indianapolis in Marion County to hear oral argument on Wednesday, April 15, 2020, will not be held due to the social distancing measures in place to stop the spread of COVID-19. At this time, the oral argument has been postponed.

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 Stanley Watson v. State of Indiana (20S-CR-64)

After Stanley Watson served almost 11 years in the DOC as a habitual offender, he attained post-conviction relief and had this status vacated. The State filed a new petition with additional information alleging that Watson was a habitual offender. Six years later, a jury adjudicated Watson to be a habitual offender and the Ripley Circuit Court again enhanced Watson's sentence by 30 years. A split panel of the Court of Appeals reversed, finding that the State's failure to bring Watson to trial on the new habitual offender charge within one year after it was filed violated Indiana Criminal Rule 4(C). Watson v. State, 135 N.E.3d 982 (Ind. Ct. App. 2019), vacated. This Court has granted a petition to transfer and assumed jurisdiction over the case.

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