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Internal Operating Procedures
Oral Argument

United States Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims

Internal Operating Procedures

IV.  Oral Argument 

(a) When Allowed. Oral argument is held when ordered by the Court on motion of a party or sua sponte. Normally, oral argument is heard only by a panel upon the request of any panel Judge. Exceptions may be made as circumstances require to include proceeding without oral argument if a majority of the panel determine that scheduling delays and the interests of justice so warrant. Only the Court sitting en banc may order or grant a request for oral argument en banc.

(b) Time and Manner. Each party usually is allowed 30 minutes in which to present argument. The panel makes any changes it desires in the format or order for presentation of argument, including adjusting the time allowed, limiting the argument to certain issues, or altering the usual order of presentation. The Clerk may also advise the parties of additional issues any member of the panel wishes addressed at oral argument.