Supreme Court Rides Circuit to Woonsocket High School
04/19/2017 - According to a news advisory from the RI Judiciary, the Rhode Island Supreme Court will again practice the centuries-old tradition of “riding the circuit” when it hears oral arguments at Woonsocket High School on Wednesday, April 26.
In the days before the automobile, courts would travel throughout their jurisdictions to hear arguments. This practice, called riding the circuit, was eventually dropped as transportation methods made it easier for litigants to travel. In the last 16 years, the Supreme Court has revived this practice as a way to open up the judicial process. The Supreme Court literally moves its entire operation to a local community and invites students and members of the public to observe the proceedings. The court last traveled in April 2016 to Smithfield High School.
Court will begin at 9:15 a.m. in the auditorium at Woonsocket High School at 777 Cass Ave., Woonsocket. The court session is open to the public. Those wishing to attend should arrive by 9 a.m. Parking is available nearby.
While at Woonsocket High School, the five justices of the Supreme Court will hear arguments in three cases: an appeal of a criminal conviction for robbery; a lawsuit involving serious injury to a man while target shooting, and an appeal of a criminal conviction for possession of a firearm after an earlier conviction for a crime of violence.