In the Press
January 2, 2023

At the Supreme Court, It's Taking Longer to Hear Cases (Associated Press News)


When lawyers argue before the Supreme Court, a small white light goes on to tell them when their time is almost expired and then a red light signals when they should stop. But arguments this term are extending well beyond the red light’s cue. When the justices moved back to in-person arguments in their courtroom more than a year and a half later, they returned to the largely free-for-all questioning. Now, however, at the end of each lawyer’s time, the justices each get a chance to ask any remaining questions, again in seniority order. That switch led to an average of 18 extra minutes per case last term, said Appellate and Supreme Court Litigation partner William Jay, who’s been tracking the extra time. Jay told Associated Press News his sense is that the justices seem more comfortable with the format this term and that the questions are longer.