Appeals court to hear cases at Clark College

first_imgThe Washington Court of Appeals Division II will hear oral arguments in three cases during a March 1 community visit to Clark College, 1933 Fort Vancouver Way.The hearings, which are open to the public, will begin at 9 a.m. in the Gaiser Hall Student Center.Both sides of each appeals case will be allowed 15 minutes for argument, heard by a panel consisting of Judge Jill Johanson, Judge Brad Maxa and Judge Rich Melnick. The court has authority to overrule, remand, modify or affirm decisions of the trial courts.Audience members will be allowed to ask questions unrelated to the cases after the arguments.The Court of Appeals Division II hears appeals at its courthouse in Tacoma from the superior courts in Clark, Cowlitz, Lewis, Pacific, Skamania, Wahkiakum, Clallam, Grays Harbor, Jefferson, Kitsap, Mason, Thurston and Pierce counties. However, the court travels to Southwest Washington a couple of times a year so that the public can more easily attend the hearings.“We think it is important for the public to see and understand how the appellate courts work. By hearing arguments in locations other than Tacoma, we provide more of the public easier access to our court,” Melnick said in a press release. “Transparency is increased which in turn improves confidence in the judicial branch.”The panel will hear three cases:• State v. Frame — The state argues that Frame’s petition to restore his right to own or possess firearms should not have been granted by a juvenile court, because he was 33 years old at the time.last_img read more

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