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Idaho Sreme Court coming to campus

The Idaho Sreme Court Justices listen to case in court. The Idaho Sreme Court Justices are Chief Justice Roger S. Burdick, Justice Daniel T. Eismann, Justice Jim Jones, Justice Warren E. Jones and Justice Joel D. Horton. DAVID R. FRAZIER | Courtesy Photo

The Idaho Sreme Court will hear two cases one at 10 a.m. and one at 11:10 a.m. at BYU-Idaho, Nov. 8. It last visited BYU-I in 2008 for educational purposes.
“They want to make contact with different parts of the state, to make people familiar with the courts and to instruct people about how the courts work, but also to receive feedback. They’re seeking input,” said BYU-I Vice President Kevin Miyasaki.
The cases will be open to students as well as the community. The Idaho Sreme Court has traveled to different parts of the state since 1890.
“The courts are very open. They come here so that people can witness what they do,” Miyasaki said. “They realize they serve the whole state, not just Boise.”
Students who would like to pursue a career in law and students who would like to understand the court system better are encouraged to attend the cases. Concerned citizens and community members are also welcome.
“It’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see firsthand how the third branch of government works,” said Bob Inama, a professor from the Department of Political Science.
Inama said no decisions will be made at the hearings. Those in attendance won’t find out who won or lost each case.
“We hope that those who come to watch the cases will gain an appreciation for the integrity of the system,” said Steve Kenyon, the court clerk. “The Sreme Court justices take their jobs seriously and know that they are the guardians of judicial credibility. The average case has over 500 pages of material that needs to be completely internalized by both parties arguing the cases.”
The Snow Drama Theatre will be transformed into a courtroom. The courtroom will be complete with all five Sreme Court justices, two attorneys, police officers, the court clerk, and the Court’s official seal on the wall.
At the 10 a.m. hearing the plaintiff is suing the defendant for breaching an oral contract for a well that the defendant drilled.
At the 11:10 a.m. hearing the plaintiff is suing the defendant to recover earnest money paid to the defendants whose land the plaintiff originally intended to purchase.

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