Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Appellate justices hold arguments at UIS

University of Illinois Springfield students had a chance to watch state appellate court justices in action on campus Monday.

Every year, the fourth district appellate court holds arguments in cases at a local university, and this year, it was at UIS.

Organizers call this a unique opportunity that allows those interested in law a chance to observe what those on the bench do.

"A lot of people don't even know what the appellate court is, or that we exist, and so by coming out to a university community and opening, our arguments are always open to the public but we get a bigger crowd when we come out to the university, they get to see first hand what the appellate court is all about," said Justice Carol Pope, 4th district appellate court.

The justices held an open discussion with UIS students and local lawyers after the arguments.

The fourth district hears cases from all over central Illinois and is based right here in Springfield.

This article appeared online on ABC Newschannel 20, Monday, March 30, 2015.

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