Students and community members will have a firsthand opportunity to learn more about the judicial system when the South Dakota Supreme Court holds its October 2007 Term of Court at Black Hills State University Oct.1, 2, and 3.

Chief Justice David Gilbertson announced yesterday that the South Dakota Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in three cases each morning. Cases will commence each day at 9 a.m., 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. The sessions will be held in the Jacket Legacy Room in the David B. Miller Yellow Jacket Student Union. Gilbertson extends a special invitation to the residents of Spearfish and area communities to attend any of the Court's sessions.

“It’s a privilege to have this esteemed body on our campus,” BHSU President Kay Schallenkamp says. “This is a great opportunity for our students as well as community members and high school students in the region to observe firsthand the workings of a vital branch of government. This will be a valuable educational experience for all who attend.”

Details about the cases to be heard will be announced later. In addition to the nine cases scheduled for oral argument during the October 2007 Term of Court, the Court will consider several non‑oral cases. People attending the sessions will receive a short synopsis of each case, as well as biographical information on the Justices, and a short summary of appellate procedure.