EVANSVILLE- The Court of Appeals of Indiana will hear oral argument in Trinda Barocas v. State of Indiana on Thursday, April 21, 2011 at 4:00 p.m. (Central time) at Ivy Tech Community College. The argument will be held in Ivy Tech’s Vectren Auditorium (Room 147). A panel of judges consisting of Judge L. Mark Bailey, Judge Melissa S. May, and Judge Elaine B. Brown will hear the case on appeal from Marion Superior Court.
In this appeal, Trinda Barocas, a special education teacher, appeals her conviction of battery and argues that, as a teacher, her action of flicking a student’s tongue with her finger was legally justified as a reasonably necessary disciplinary action. Arguing for the Appellant, Trinda Barocas, will be Suzy St. John, and arguing for the Appellee, State of Indiana, will be Ann Goodwin.
The Court of Appeals hears oral argument at venues across the state to enable Hoosiers to learn about the judicial branch. After the case has been argued, members of the audience may ask questions about the judicial process in Indiana. The Court has heard more than 300 oral arguments “on the road” at law schools, colleges, high schools, and county courthouses since its centennial in 2000-2001.
The Court of Appeals of Indiana is the state’s second-highest court and reviews appeals from trial court decisions. A decision of the Court of Appeals of Indiana is final unless granted further review by the Indiana Supreme Court.
The 15 judges on the Court of Appeals issue more than 2,300 written opinions each year, sitting in three-judge panels. For more information about the Court of Appeals, visit www.in.gov/judiciary/appeals. For information about the Court’s traveling oral arguments, as well as additional information on Trinda Barocas v. State of Indiana, visit http://www.in.gov/judiciary/appeals/arguments.html.
About Ivy Tech Community College
Ivy Tech Community College is the state’s largest public post-secondary institution and the nation’s largest singly-accredited statewide community college system with more than 200,000 students enrolled annually. Ivy Tech has campuses throughout Indiana. It serves as the state’s engine of workforce development, offering affordable degree programs and training that are aligned with the needs of its community along with courses and programs that transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana. It is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association.