Siouxlanders got the chance to see the justice system up close and personal Tuesday night. The Iowa Supreme Court will hear two cases of local interest at Sioux City's Morningside College.
Tuesday's visit marks the first time the justices have been in Northwest Iowa since the court started taking their cases on the road. Since 2011, the Iowa Supreme Court has made it a mission to get out into communities and show people how Iowa's highest court works. Hon. Mark Cady, IA Supreme Court Chief Justice:"I think all Iowans deserve an opportunity to see how our government works and functions. This is an opportunity for each community we go to, to see us in action." Hon. Daryl Hecht, IA Supreme Court Justice: "In all of the communities we've been in, the feedback has been positive. Folks really appreciate the opportunity to see first hand how the court works."
With a college campus as the backdrop for tonight's arguments, they expect students to learn something, too.
Oral arguments are open to the public. They'll start at 7:00pm. And what can the public expect? The court will hear two cases. The first is a civil matter involving an estate. The second is a criminal case out of Sioux County. The court will consider whether an anonymous citizen's tip called into 911 was sufficient for officers to make a drunk driving arrest. The justices expect each case to take 40 minutes, following the same procedures as if they were hearing the case in Des Moines.
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