In an event celebrating the state’s bicentennial, the Indiana Supreme Court announced Wednesday it will travel to Corydon April 20 for an oral argument in the original Supreme Court Courtroom. It will be the final oral argument for retiring Justice Brent Dickson.
The case traveling to southern Indiana is an Allen County case dealing with the duty of care for social hosts, F. John Rogers et al v. Angela Martin et al., 02A05-1506-CT-520. In that case, the Indiana Court of Appeals reinstated a Dram Shop claim against the hosts of a house birthday party in which a guest who had been drinking and was involved in a fight later died outside the house.
The Indiana Department of Education is supporting the event and encouraging classrooms across the state to participate through an archived webcast of the argument expected to be available April 22. Attorneys and judges are invited to visit a school in their community as part of the celebration to talk about the judicial branch. Educators and speakers will have access to case briefs and other resources at www.courts.in.gov/corydon that provide teaching points for speaking to students.
The Indiana State Bar Association, in coordination with the local bars of Clark, Crawford, Floyd, Harrison, and Scott counties, is supporting the event. They are encouraging attorneys and judges to speak to students about the judicial branch, including oral argument procedure and the daily operations of the courts.
The court hears about 70 oral arguments a year at the Statehouse in Indianapolis. It occasionally schedules arguments outside the capitol to allow students, press, and the public around the state to see the work of the court.