Written by Gabriel Dillard
The Fifth Appellate District will hear oral arguments in two cases in a non-traditional venue Tuesday.
More than 300 students and faculty members at Bullard High School will have the opportunity to hear arguments in People v. Saysanasy and Georgi et al. v Taylor et al. Afterward,, students can ask questions of the presiding justices, according to a press release from the state appeals court.
The goal is to teach students more about how the justice system works.
The case People v. Saysanasy involves a murder at a local restaurant where the defendant was charged with first degree murder. Attorneys for the defendant argued the convicted murderer’s Fifth and Sixth Amendment rights were violated, prompting the cases appeal before justices Herbert I. Levy, Donald R. Franson, Jr. and Mark W. Snauffer.
Georgi et al. v Taylor et al. involves a property dispute in Tulare County going back to 1969. Over 50 years, a 160-acre property was parceled out and sold, with easements made to each of the property owners. Appealing attorneys seek to discover when access to each of the properties was set and when the parcels of land were sold. The three-judge panel for Georgi will consist of Presiding Justice Brad R. Hill, and justices Rosendo Pena, Jr. and Kathleen Meehan.
The Fifth Appellate District covers nine counties, including Tulare, Fresno, Kern, Kings, Madera, Mariposa, Merced, Stanislaus and Tuolumne. They hear cases ranging from civil to criminal, family law, juvenile and others.