Traveling Oral Argument

The Supreme Court will travel to Parke County to hear oral arguments on Tuesday, October 22. If you are interested in bringing a group of students, 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 the October 22 argument will be posted when available.


Educators, see the case materials for the April 18 oral argument in Wabash County as an example of what may be available.

Katelin Seo v. State of Indiana (18S-CR-595)

Indiana Supreme Court

Court of Appeals