The Connecticut Supreme Court will travel to the University
of Connecticut in Storrs on Tuesday,
Oct. 17, 2006, as part of its annual “Supreme Court
on Tour” program.
The justices will hear two cases, one criminal and one civil,
in the ballroom of the Rome Commons Building. Their visit to the
campus is part of an ongoing educational initiative of the
Connecticut Judicial Branch to introduce students, educators and
the public to the role of the appellate court system.
“The Supreme Court is pleased to be part of this wonderful
opportunity for students to learn about the appellate court
system,” Senior Associate
Justice David M. Borden said. “We look forward to visiting
the UConn campus, and we thank everyone there who has helped
prepare for our visit.”
“The Supreme Court’s visit to UConn provides a wonderful
opportunity for our students to see, first-hand, the workings of
a vital branch of government,” university President Philip E.
Austin said. “Many of our students are contemplating careers in
law, and they are especially looking forward to the court
sessions. But the judicial process is something of general
interest, and I know this will be a valuable educational
experience for all who attend.”
The criminal case, State of Connecticut
vs. Mark St. John, will start at 10 a.m., and the civil
case, Ricigliano vs. Ideal
Forging Corp. et al, will start at noon. Arguments in
both cases will last about an hour. A question-and-answer period
with the attorneys involved in each case will follow each
argument. Volunteer attorneys -- who meet with the students
beforehand to prepare them for the arguments -- will facilitate
these sessions. Attorney Kathryn Ward Bare, a special deputy
assistant state attorney, is assigned to the civil case;
Attorney Andrea Donovan Napp of Robinson & Cole is assigned to
the criminal case. Both Attorney Bare and Attorney Napp are
former Supreme Court law clerks.
News organizations may record, broadcast, televise and/or
photograph all or part of these question-and-answer periods.
If a news organization wishes to broadcast, televise, record
or photograph the actual arguments before the court, it must
file a written request with the appellate court clerk (fax
number 860-757-2217). The news organization also must send a
certified copy of the written request to each counsel in the
case. If the request is granted, only one television camera,
still camera and audio system will be allowed into the
arguments. Media organizations will be responsible for
coordinating any pool arrangements.
The following items may not be brought into the ballroom
during the event: cellular telephones, pagers, radios, laptop
computers, cassette players, compact disc players, DVD players,
televisions, recording devices, cameras and video equipment,
boom boxes or any type of musical listening devices, backpacks,
suitcases, duffel bags, bladed or pointed items, including but
not limited to umbrellas, nail files, scissors and razors,
knives of any kind, including key chain Swiss Army-type tools,
weapons or dangerous instruments of any type, and food or
beverages of any kind, including snacks, candy and gum. To help
the screening process, it is recommended that guests not bring
briefcases, backpacks, pocketbooks or bags.
For further information, please contact Rhonda
Stearley-Hebert, manager of communications, Connecticut Judicial
Branch, at 860-757-2270.