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Jan. 13, 2012
Supreme Court to Celebrate 25th Anniversary of Off-Site Court in Marion County in April

Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor has announced that the Supreme Court of Ohio will convene in official session in Marion County on Wednesday, April 25. The visit is part of the court’s semiannual Off-Site Court Program, which is marking its 25th anniversary this year.

Chief Justice O’Connor and Justices Paul E. Pfeifer, Evelyn Lundberg Stratton, Terrence O’Donnell, Judith Ann Lanzinger, Robert R. Cupp and Yvette McGee Brown will hear oral arguments in four cases beginning at 9 a.m. at the Marion County Courthouse, 100 N. Main St., in Marion.

Marion County Common Pleas Court Judge Robert S. Davidson extended a formal invitation to the Supreme Court.

Initiated in 1987, the Off-Site Court Program has gained national recognition as a model program for education about the judiciary. The program enhances students’ understanding of the legal system by providing an opportunity for students to attend and observe the proceedings of the Supreme Court in person and to interact with justices, attorneys and court staff.

Students and their teachers will receive curriculum material to study before the session, including summaries of the specific cases to be argued. Local attorneys will team with educators at each participating school to explain Ohio’s judicial system and review case materials.

On the morning of April 25, students will attend a special briefing during which they may ask questions and interact with the justices. In addition, students from each school will be assigned to attend one of the oral arguments to be held in Judge Davidson’s courtroom on the third floor. After the assigned case has been argued, each group of students will meet with the case attorneys for a debriefing and discussion of the legal issues in the argument they just heard.

Chief Justice O’Connor said the Marion County session will mark the 63rd time the Supreme Court has heard oral arguments outside Columbus since the inception of the program 25 years ago.

“As we celebrate the silver anniversary of this program, we hope that some of the thousands of students that have observed the sessions over the years have been inspired to pursue a career in the law or public service or both,” Chief Justice O’Connor said.

Learn more about the Off-Site Court Program by watching this informative video illustrating the program, including footage from past Off-Site Court sessions.

Supreme Court Contacts: Chris Davey or Bret Crow, 614.387.9250

Marion County Contact: Judge Davidson, 740.223.4210