If those eight words don't excite you, I don't know what will. They usually kick it in the Temple of Justice, but in an annual ritual, our Supremes are going on tour and will visit UW Law School next week. They'll be hearing three cases and then answering questions, and it's open to the public. It's a good opportunity to see what they do, especially given the uninformative nature of judicial campaigns. Press release with case descriptions after the jump:
May 14, 2009
The Washington Supreme Court's nine justices will lunch with students, speak to classes regarding the constitution, legal careers and hear arguments on real cases in a community visit to University of Washington's School of Law on Tuesday, May 19.
The event is open to the public. "In addition to students, we encourage anyone interested in learning more about the judicial branch of government to see the workings of the highest court up close and personal," said Chief Justice Gerry Alexander.
The state's highest court is located in Olympia in the Temple of Justice on the state capitol grounds. For more than a decade, the Court has heard cases "on the road" three times a year in an outreach effort allowing citizens to see the court in action in their local communities.
This visit has special significance for several members of the Court. The University of Washington's School of Law has four alumni on the Washington Supreme Court, including Chief Justice Gerry Alexander, and Justices Richard Sanders, Tom Chambers and Justice James M. Johnson.
Beginning at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, May 19th, the full Court will hear the following arguments on the following cases
City of Seattle (respondent) v. St. John (petitioner): Whether a law enforcement officer may procure a warrant to obtain a nonconsensual blood alcohol test after a driver has refused consent to a breath test under Washington's implied consent law.
Armantrout (petitioner) v. Carlson, et al. (respondents)
Armantrout (petitioner) v. Carlson, et al. (respondents): Whether, for purposes of an action under RCW 4.20.020 for the wrongful death of an adult child on whom the parents claimed to be financially dependent, financial "support" includes the provision of services that have economic value.
No. 200, 625-6 (WSBA #23805): An attorney argues that the court should reject the Washington State Bar Association Disciplinary Board's recommendation that he be suspended from the practice of law.
Immediately following arguments in the two cases, the justices will answer questions from the audience, then recess to conference on the cases until 12:30 p.m. Justices will then have lunch with students of the U.W. School of Law and reconvene at 1:30 p.m. to hear the last case of the day, an appeal of disciplinary recommendations by the Washington State Bar Association.
Though cameras and video recorders are generally allowed, the Court asks that no flash, other lights or noisy film advance mechanisms be used during the hearings. Only one television camera will be allowed to film the oral arguments; other TV stations are asked to pool coverage. Oral arguments will be taped for broadcast at a later date via Washington's Public Affairs network, TVW.