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Connecticut Supreme Court on Tour: Justices to Hear Cases at Southern Connecticut State University

The Connecticut Supreme Court will travel to Southern Connecticut State University (SCSU) on Wednesday, Oct. 17, to hear arguments in two cases, one civil and one criminal. The arguments will take place in the Grand Ballroom of the Michael J. Adanti Student Center.

The Court's appearance at SCSU is part of an ongoing educational initiative of the Connecticut Judicial Branch to introduce students, educators, and the general public to the role and responsibilities of the appellate court system. This program began over 20 years ago and the visit marks the second time that the Justices have held arguments at a Connecticut State University institution. Last October, the Justices traveled to Eastern Connecticut State University and heard oral arguments.

Chief Justice Chase T. Rogers said: “The ‘Supreme Court on Tour’ program presents a unique opportunity for students to learn about the appellate court system. We look forward to visiting Southern Connecticut State University for the first time, and appreciate the hospitality that has been extended to us as we prepare for our visit.”

“We are delighted to host the highest court in the state of Connecticut on campus,” said SCSU President Cheryl J. Norton. “This is a tremendous educational opportunity – not only for our students, but for all students in the Greater New Haven area. It is not every day that people get a chance to see the state Supreme Court in action. We would encourage high schools and colleges throughout the area to send a group of students so that they can witness the proceedings of the court. We also welcome individuals from the general public.”

The civil case, Sally A. Allen v. Jessica Cox, will be heard at 10 a.m., and the criminal case, State v. Larry Davis, will start at 12 noon. Arguments in each case will last approximately one hour. For more information about the cases, please visit the Judicial Branch’s website at www.jud.ct.gov.

Volunteer attorneys will meet with students before the oral arguments to introduce them to the cases that will be argued. Attorneys Mark A. Milano and Stephen G. Murphy, Jr., both former Supreme Court law clerks, will conduct these sessions. A question-and-answer period with the attorneys involved in each case will follow each argument.

News media organizations may record, broadcast, televise, and photograph the oral arguments in compliance with the rules governing cameras in the Supreme Court and the protocol adopted by the Court, which is available on the Judicial Branch’s website. In particular, please note that the protocol requires media outlets to make pooling arrangements among themselves if there are multiple requests to videotape, broadcast, televise, record or photograph the same argument. In addition, news media organizations may photograph the question-and-answer periods. The Court requests that news media planning on recording, broadcasting, televising or photographing the oral arguments, or photographing the question and answer period, please contact Jim Senich (860-757-2270) by Monday, Oct. 15th.

The following items may not be brought into the courtroom: cameras, video equipment (unless by a media representative as the pool), bladed or pointed items, weapons, and food and beverages. To help the screening process and movement in and out of the Grand Ballroom, it is recommended that guests not bring briefcases, backpacks, pocketbooks, or bags.


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