Oral Arguments Guide for Counsel - page 4

GUIDE FOR COUNSEL
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directed to the Clerk's Office (202-501-5980). Counsel may also write the Clerk's Office at U.S.
Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims, 625 Indiana Avenue, NW, Suite 900, Washington, DC
20004-2950. All records are kept by docket number; it is important that counsel have the docket
number at hand when seeking information. IMPORTANT: The Clerk's Office must be notified
as soon as possible of any changes, including any change of counsel of record. The Clerk's Office
relies upon those attorneys listed as counsel of record for all communications, as do parties
interested in filing amicus briefs. Entering counsel must file a notice of appearance; withdrawal
requires Court approval. (See
of the Court's Rules of Practice and Procedure.)
II. ORAL ARGUMENT
A.
SCHEDULE AND PREPARATION
Oral arguments before the Court are generally heard in Washington, D.C. The oral
argument schedule is on the Court's website at
.
Arguments may be scheduled on any day of the week. Unless the
Court directs otherwise, each side is allowed 30 minutes for argument. If the Court hears more
than one argument in a single day, it generally hears one argument at 10:00 a.m. and one at 1:30
p.m.
Occasionally, the Court holds oral arguments on law school campuses and other locations
throughout the nation. If you are preparing for such arguments and need further information about
the location of the argument, please call the Clerk's Office at (202) 501-5980.
The Court will notify counsel when a case is assigned to panel and will usually then seek
to identify a date for oral argument to be heard not earlier than 60 days after the date the case is
assigned. When your case has been calendared for argument, the Clerk will send a notice to
counsel.
To the extent possible, the Clerk will endeavor to schedule the oral argument to avoid
conflicts. If counsel have any longstanding professional or religious commitments, or for some
reason cannot appear for oral argument on the date set for argument, a request for postponement
shall be made by motion filed reasonably in advance of the date fixed for argument and shall
contain a showing of good cause (See Rule 34(d) of the Court's Rules of Practice and Procedure.)
Please advise the Clerk of any necessary accommodations to permit suitable arrangements
at the counsel tables.
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