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Illinois Supreme Court will hear arguments in Lisle

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  • When the Illinois Supreme Court takes oral arguments in Lisle next month, it will be the first time it's been done at a school.

    When the Illinois Supreme Court takes oral arguments in Lisle next month, it will be the first time it's been done at a school.
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The Illinois Supreme Court will hear oral arguments at a school for the first time in history when justices hear cases at Benedictine University in Lisle next month.

Two cases are on the docket: one about a registered sex offender's use of Facebook and one about the statute of limitations on wrongful death cases. The arguments are set for May 19.

Typically, the Illinois Supreme Court justices hear oral arguments in their Springfield building, but Chief Justice Rita Garman says it's important for people to see how the system works.

"Such visits serve not only the purpose of making the work of the judicial branch more accessible and transparent, but also an educational purpose," Garman said.

Students from local schools will be both attending the arguments and watching them online. The oral arguments are open to the public, but auditorium doors close at 10 a.m. at the Daniel L. Goodwin Hall of Business, 5700 College Road in Lisle. The arguments begin at 10:30 a.m.

At oral arguments, both sides' attorneys get to present their cases before the justices for a limited amount of time, then they're sometimes peppered with questions about the case.

The court won't make decisions that day. Those come in writing later.