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Justice on Wheels to take Supreme Court to Bayfield County

The Wisconsin Supreme Court’s Justice on Wheels initiative will take the justices north to Bayfield County on Oct. 26 to hear oral arguments in three cases.

Justice on Wheels is meant to give teachers, students and the public outside Madison an opportunity to see the Wisconsin Supreme Court at work without having to travel to the state Capitol. Since being started in 1993, the justices have visited 26 counties outside Dane County.

The Bayfield County Courthouse is in Washburn, a city lying along Lake Superior in far northern Wisconsin. Those who attend the Justice on Wheels event on Oct. 26 will get to hear arguments made by lawyers representing on clients on both sides of the cases being presented that day. The justices will also be able to put questions directly to the lawyers.

Before the formal proceedings begin, local lawyers from the Ashland-Bayfield County Bar Association will explain to the audience some of the legal issues being considered, the steps the justices take in deciding a case and the role the courts play in interpreting the law. To reserve a seat, call the Supreme Court at 608-266-1298 or email Sara Foster at sara.foster@wicourts.gov by Oct. 14.

The Bayfield County Courthouse is at 117 E. Fifth St., Washburn. The cases up the Supreme Court is scheduled to hear Oct. 26 are: State v. Mattox, Brenner v. National Casualty Co., and State v. Denny.

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