CONTACT PERSON: VALERIE S. WILLARD
PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER
| SEPTEMBER 6, 2016
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
The Louisiana Supreme Court heard oral arguments on two pending cases today at Loyola University College of Law in Room 315B. The seven justices held proceedings at Loyola as part of an ongoing effort by the Court to educate and inform students and the general public about the work of the Supreme Court.
“For over 20 years, holding court in venues other than the Supreme Court courthouse has been a tradition of the Court and is customarily known as ‘riding the circuit.’ The goal of riding the circuit is to provide students with a snapshot of the variety and complexity of the Court’s caseload by bringing the court to them,” Chief Justice Bernette Joshua Johnson said.
Before transportation made it possible to travel easily to New Orleans, the Louisiana Supreme Court was constitutionally required to “ride the circuit” to ensure citizens statewide would have access to justice. Today also marks the last time Associate Justice Jeannette Theriot Knoll will ride the circuit at her Loyola alma mater, as she will retire at the end of the year.
According to Loyola University College of Law Dean, Rev. Lawrence W. Moore, S.J.,“I am excited about the opportunity for our students to see and hear oral arguments of the Louisiana Supreme Court in our own law school building, however, it is also a bittersweet moment to realize that our distinguished Loyola alumna, Justice Knoll, will be soon ending her service on the Court.”
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