Columbus hosting state appeals court case

The Indiana Court of Appeals will hear oral arguments on a case at Ivy Tech Community College — Columbus at 1:30 p.m. Thursday.

The session, called “Appeals on Wheels,” brings oral arguments to locations across Indiana to enable Hoosiers to observe real-world issues the court is considering. The session will be in the auditorium (Room 100) of the Columbus Learning Center, 4555 Central Ave.

A panel consisting of Judge John G. Baker, Judge Edward W. Najam Jr. and Judge Robert R. Altice will hear oral arguments on the case of J.R. vs. State of Indiana, a case in which the appellant is challenging a finding of juvenile delinquency.

The appellant, J.R., alleges that a police pat-down search of his person was not permitted under U.S. and Indiana Constitutions.

The Columbus session, scheduled to last about one hour, is open to the public and students, and a question-and-answer session will follow the arguments. However, the judges cannot speak about the case they have just heard.

The court has offered nearly 500 “Appeals on Wheels” sessions since 2000, and this session will be the court’s 24th this year.

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