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Supreme Court to Hear Oral Arguments in Veteran's Courthouse in Newark

For immediate release: Jan. 27, 2010
For further information contact:
Winnie Comfort or Tammy Kendig

Oral argument in three Supreme Court cases will be heard on Tuesday, Feb. 2 beginning at 10 a.m. in courtroom 1114 of the Veteran's Courthouse, 50 W. Market St., Newark.

"We are honoring the return of the Appellate Division to Newark with the recent construction of judges' chambers in the LeRoy F. Smith, Jr. Public Safety Building and the dedication of a newly refurbished appellate courtroom at the Veteran's Courthouse," said Chief Justice Stuart Rabner. "The sitting marks only the second time in recent history that the Supreme Court has heard oral argument outside of Trenton."

A brief ceremony celebrating the opening of the new courtroom will be held at 9:30 a.m. "The ceremony will give the Court an opportunity to mark this milestone and thank the Office of the County Executive for its remarkable efforts in enhancing the courthouse complex," explained the Chief Justice.

The seating in the courtroom has been reserved for students from Rutgers School of Law-Newark and Seton Hall University School of Law to observe the arguments, a unique opportunity for them to observe Supreme Court arguments in person. An overflow room on the first floor will allow attorneys and members of the public to watch the arguments live. The Court will meet with law students for a question-and-answer session after the arguments.

Last year the Supreme Court heard oral argument in the new moot courtroom at Rutgers School of Law-Camden, which had been designed with the intention of accommodating the seven Supreme Court justices.

Seating for the media is limited and will be reserved in the order requests are received. Only one seat will be reserved for each news organization. Reporters and photographers must wear press credentials to be admitted to the reserved seating area. Reporters are asked to be seated by 9:15 a.m. At 9:25 a.m., unused reserved seats may be given to those waiting to enter the courtroom. Call the Judiciary office of communications and community relations at 609-292-9580 to reserve a seat.

News organizations must make arrangements in advance for still or video cameras in the courtroom, according to the Supreme Court guidelines. If demand for space is high, photographers will use a pooling arrangement. The Judiciary communications office will provide further information on pooling when photographers call for reservations.

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