U.S. 10th Circuit Court of Appeals at Utah State University
Tuesday, Oct. 22
Russell/Wanlass Performance Hall
First Session: 8:45 AM
Second Session: 10:30 AM
Open Q&A immediately following the second session.
Please arrive 20 minutes before each session.
The federal 10th Circuit Court of Appeals travels to Logan for the first time to conduct regularly scheduled hearings. The Judges will hear oral arguments for four separate appeals, allowing students and the public the rare opportunity to see the nation's second highest court in action.
The event is Tuesday, Oct. 22, beginning at about 8:45 a.m. in the Russell/Wanlass Performance Hall. (See full agenda below.) The event is free and open to all students and local residents. Admission tickets will be required.
What is the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals?
The Circuit Court of Appeals is the second-highest court in the United States, falling only under the U.S. Supreme Court in authority. The United States contains12 circuit courts across the country, most covering multiple states.
The 10th Circuit Court hears appeals from the Utah Supreme Court and the state's Supreme and District Courts across the states of Wyoming, Colorado, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Kansas.
As an appellate court, circuit courts do not handle jury trials, but does hear counsel during a hearing such as that planned at USU on Oct. 22. Each circuit court has multiple judges representing the states in the circuit. Only three, however, preside over each hearing. The judges who will be presiding over the hearings are: Scott M. Matheson (Utah), Carolyn B. McHugh (Utah), and Timothy M. Tymkovich (Chief Judge, Colorado).
The term 'circuit' comes from the era of the 13 British Colonies when a single judge traveled 'the circuit' to hold trials in each county.
Map of the geographic boundaries of the 13 United States Courts of Appeal.
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