State Supreme Court coming to Jefferson County

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Posted 5/8/19

The Washington Supreme Court will hear three cases in Jefferson County on May 13 and 14.

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State Supreme Court coming to Jefferson County

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The Washington Supreme Court will hear three cases in Jefferson County on May 13 and 14.

In addition to hearing cases at the Jefferson County Superior Court Room, the justices will visit school assemblies at Quilcene School, Chimacum High School and Port Townsend High School on Monday, May 13, and then answer questions at a public forum hosted by the City of Port Townsend beginning at 3 p.m. at Port Townsend City Hall Council Chambers, 250 Madison Street.

The public is welcome to attend in the superior courtroom at Jefferson County Courthouse, 1820 Jefferson St, Port Townsend on May 14 to see the justices hear arguments in three appeals cases. Court will begin at 9 a.m. and each casewill have roughly one hour of arguments by attorneys, followed by a question and answer session for members of the public.

“We welcome anyone interested in seeing how the Supreme Court conducts oral arguments or in learning more about how the judicial branch operates,” said Chief Justice Mary E. Fairhurst.

“We enjoy answering questions and hearing from members of the community.”

All three cases are of great public interest, said county clerk Ruth Gordon.

One attorney in the second case of the day, Jacob Fox Metzger, is a graduate of Port Townsend High School.

“It’s very exciting to have a case before the highest court in the state, and even more exciting to have the Court hear the case in my own hometown,” Metzger stated in a press release. “What an honor for Port Townsend to host the Washington Supreme Court during the week of the Rhododendron Festival.”

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