Traveling Oral Argument

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The Supreme Court traveled to Parke County to hear oral arguments on Tuesday, October 22.

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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 Cavanaugh's Sports Bar & Eatery, Ltd. v. Eric Porterfield (18A-CT-1814)

When Cavanaugh's Sports Bar & Eatery (the Bar) closed for the night, employees directed patrons to the exits. A few minutes later, patron Eric Porterfield was injured in a fight in the Bar's parking lot. Porterfield sued the Bar for negligence. The Bar moved for summary judgment, claiming that it had no duty to protect Porterfield from an after-hours assault in the parking lot because it could not have foreseen that its patrons might behave violently when leaving the Bar. The Lake Superior Court denied summary judgment, and the Court of Appeals affirmed. Cavanaugh’s Sports Bar & Eatery, Ltd. v. Porterfield, 123 N.E.3d 170 (Ind. Ct. App. 2019). The Bar has petitioned this Court to accept jurisdiction over the appeal.

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