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BUCKHANNON -

The West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals convened Tuesday at West Virginia Wesleyan College.

The five justices used the setting to hear cases that would normally be heard in Charleston.

"It's a chance for us to get to go to other locations in the state so that the public can see how we work, and what we do as a state judicial system," said Justice Robin Davis.

The justices heard arguments in four cases, including appealed criminal convictions from magistrate court and appeals from administrative agencies.

One of the argument items involved a decision that granted partial summary judgment in a case involving a home that belonged to former WVU football coach Rich Rodriguez and his wife, Rita.

Davis said the court tries to explain to high school and college students, and the general public what it does outside the courtroom.

"We spend a little more time in terms of providing information to the public that we might not do in our court, but the arguments are the same the way we handle the cases is exactly the same," said Davis.

This is first time West Virginia Wesleyan College has hosted the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals. The court hears two to three argument dockets a year. Those who are a part of it or are listening in said it was a unique experience.

"It was very interesting, I went out and listened to some of the other cases and found them interesting myself," said Upshur County Circuit Court Judge Thomas Keadle.

"While coming into this, I already known that I want to be an attorney when I'm older, and it kind of assured me in that fact, and we got to see a lot of the process that happens and the judges really made sure we knew what was happening and what was going on," said Buckhannon High School Senior Chris Eddy.

Davis said that making sure people understand the cases and laws that affect West Virginians are things people need to know when following the courts.

"It's a chance for their government at work, and to understand the gravity on the cases we deal with on a daily basis," Davis said.

The court will render its opinions on the cases heard Tuesday before Thanksgiving.