The youth plaintiffs in Juliana v. United States plan to join their attorneys at the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals at 10 a.m. Monday in San Francisco, where three judges will hear oral arguments about whether or not the Trump administration will need to participate in the lawsuit.

In the case, the plaintiffs argue their constitutional rights are being violated by the federal government’s actions exacerbating the effects of climate change, and they seek a science-based plan in response to climate change.

In June 2017, the Trump administration asked that the climate case be dismissed due to irreparable harm from the pre-trial discovery process and the upcoming trial, which is currently slated for Feb. 5. The petition seeks review of U.S. District Court Judge Ann Aiken’s 2016 denial of motions to dismiss the case.

The three judges will be Chief Judge Sidney Thomas and circuit judges Alex Kozinski and Marsha Berzon.

Julia Olson, executive director of nonprofit Our Children’s Trust, will argue on behalf of the 21 youth who brought the case, while Deputy Assistant Attorney General Eric Grant will argue on behalf of the federal defendants. Of the 21 youth, 18 plan to attend the oral argument.

The court will be streaming the arguments at

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Emily Hoard is the business, outdoors and natural resources reporter for The News-Review. She can be reached at 541-957-4217 or by email at Follow her on Twitter @hoard_emily.

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The Ninth Circuit Court...more like the Nincompoop Circuit Court.


This is an insane case. It will never pass legal muster if it ever gets the SCOTUS.

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