SACRAMENTO—Administrative Presiding Justice Vance W. Raye announced that as part of its award-winning community outreach program, the Court of Appeal, Third Appellate District, will hear oral argument at Pioneer High School in the Woodland Joint Unified School District beginning at 9:00 a.m. on Wednesday, April 27, 2016.

Since 2000, the Third Appellate District has held oral argument sessions in 25 high schools in 20 counties.

Principal Sandra M. Reese has arranged for over 300 students from Pioneer High School to attend.  Oral argument will be heard in the theater of the high school at 1400 Pioneer Avenue, Woodland.  All interested members of the public, attorneys, and judges are welcome to attend.  Those who attend will be required to go through security screening, so an early arrival is advisable.

The following two cases will be heard:

  • 9:00 - 9:30 a.m.: The People v. Joshua Parks, C078496.   Appeal is taken from judgment entered upon plea of no contest to possession of methamphetamine for sale.
  • 9:30 - 10:00 a.m.: James E. Reed v. James Gallagher et al., C079432.  Appeal is taken from judgment entered dismissing complaint for libel upon sustaining a demurrer without leave to amend and upon granting a special motion to strike the action as a strategic lawsuit against public participation (a “SLAPP” suit).
  • 10:00 - 11:10 a.m.: Discussion/question and answer session with students.

As part of this educational experience, justices of the Third Appellate District will discuss their career paths with the students and conduct a question and answer period immediately following oral argument.  The justices are not permitted to answer questions about the cases.

Eleven local attorneys have volunteered their time to visit classrooms at Pioneer High School before the day of oral argument.  They will make presentations about the California court system and the appellate process, and discuss the cases the students will see during the oral argument at the high school.

The Court of Appeal ordinarily holds oral argument in its courtroom at 914 Capitol Mall, Sacramento.  The Third Appellate District comprises 23 counties: Alpine, Amador, Butte, Calaveras, Colusa, El Dorado, Glenn, Lassen, Modoc, Mono, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Sacramento, San Joaquin, Shasta, Sierra, Siskiyou, Sutter, Tehama, Trinity, Yolo, and Yuba.