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Advocacy Instructions for Oral Arguments

The following are guideline for those that will be presenting an oral argument in front of the Supreme Court.

  1. Notify the Court immediately if there is any change in the status of the case
  2. The lawyer arguing the case must check in at least 30 minutes prior to the scheduled hearing time or the case may be moved, vacated, or the argument commenced without the lawyer being present
  3. If exhibits are to be shown, 8 copies must be given to the clerk and additional copies for each opponent
  4. If an easel is necessary, the clerk should be notified at least 24 hours in advance
  5. Attorneys are able to us the lounge and conference room prior to hearings
  6. The dress code is strictly enforced
  7. Lawyers must identify themselves at the time they commence their argument
  8. Speak directly into the microphone; the argument is being recorded
  9. Time allotments are monitored by the bailiff.  If the opening speaker wishes to save time for rebuttal they must conclude their opening prior to the allotted time being used.  Time answering questions posed by the justices counts against the time allotted.
  10. Only attorneys connected with the case are allowed to sit at the counsel table.
  11. Questions about procedure or protocol should be addressed with the Clerk before the proceeding
  12. Any accommodations required must be requested through the Office of the Clerk once a hearing notice is given