State Supreme Court travels to Jonesboro

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - The Arkansas Supreme Court left Little Rock on Thursday and traveled to Jonesboro.

At Arkansas State University's Fowler Center in Riceland Hall, Supreme Court Justices listened to an oral argument on class action case "Southern Pioneer Life Insurance Company versus Danny Thomas."

Supreme Court Communications Counsel, Stephanie Harris, says the Supreme Court has been traveling throughout Arkansas since 2002. "Amendment 80 allows the Supreme Court to travel around the state and hold oral arguments where they would like within the state, " Harris said. "And so, this is the thirteenth time they've traveled outside Little Rock to hold oral argument."

Harris says people don't often understand how the court system works. "It's really important for people around the state to know how their Supreme Court works. How oral argument works, which is very different from the trial level."

Harris says these oral arguments allow citizens a firsthand look at what goes on in a court case. "While we do stream our oral arguments online, this is just a great opportunity for anyone and in particular students to just come and see how the court works in person."

In an oral argument, each side is given 20 minutes to argue their case before a ruling is made. After the proceedings were concluded, the justices visited with students from Jonesboro, Nettleton, Valley View and Westside High School.

This is the second time the Arkansas Supreme Court has held an oral argument in Jonesboro. Oral arguments have also taken place in Fayetteville, Fort Smith, Monticello, Hope, Harrison, Bentonville, Helena, Hot Springs, Blytheville and Texarkana.

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