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Release: Immediate

Iowa Supreme Court to hold court sessions at UI College of Law

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The Iowa Supreme Court will hold court sessions at Levitt Auditorium of the University of Iowa College of Law Sept. 14-15.

Two sessions will be held each day. Each session will begin at 9 a.m., and after a break, will resume at 1 p.m. The schedule for Monday, Sept. 14 and Tuesday, Sept. 15 is the same.

Arguments will not exceed 25 minutes per case, says Teresa Owens, a deputy clerk for the justices.

All court sessions are open to the public.

The Court will hear a variety of cases from across the state including criminal and probate cases, Owens says.

Current renovations to the Statehouse have caused the Iowa Supreme Court's nine justices and the six-member Iowa Court of Appeals judges to temporarily hear cases away from Des Moines until mid-September when renovations are scheduled for completion.

N. Williams Hines, dean of the UI College of Law says the visit by the Iowa Supreme Court will allow UI law students to hear a wide range of cases that are scheduled on the Court's docket.

"It's a rare opportunity for students to see real Supreme Court cases argued without having to drive to Des Moines," Hines says.

Owens says the Iowa Supreme Court made attempts to hear cases from the counties they are visiting. The Iowa Supreme Court in some instances will hear cases which will be argued for the first time, Owens says. All appeals are sent to the Iowa Supreme Court, which has the option to transfer a case to the Iowa Court of Appeals, or hear a case for the first time, Owens says.

Since May the Iowa Supreme Court justices have heard cases in Sioux City, Council Bluffs, Dubuque.