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State’s Highest Courts Take Arguments To Universities

A group stands holding drums and flutes in 18th century green and white uniforms.
Members of the Marshall University Fife and Drum Corps prior to 2021 Quoits Play.
Credit/Marshall University

West Virginia’s highest courts are hitting the road this month as part of Constitution Day events at Concord and Marshall universities. 

The Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia will hear oral arguments in Huntington at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 13, at the Joan C. Edwards Performing Arts Center.

Attendance is free and open to the public; advance registration is requested. The proceedings will also be webcast live on the West Virginia Judiciary YouTube

The Supreme Court has a tradition of visiting Marshall every few years in mid-September to honor the anniversary of the signing of the U.S. Constitution on Sept. 17, 1787. 

“I’m thrilled to bring the court back to the Marshall campus,” Chief Justice Beth Walker said. “Our last visit was in 2019 before COVID-19, so it’s exciting to resume this great tradition coinciding with Constitution Day.” 

Marshall University is named for former U.S. Chief Justice John Marshall. He was the longest serving chief justice in court history from 1801 to 1835. 

Concord University will host the West Virginia Intermediate Court of Appeals at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 21, in the Main Theater. The court will hear three arguments. 

The event is open to the public and will allow people to see the inner workings of the court and learn about the legal process.