Oral Arguments Guide for Counsel - page 6

GUIDE FOR COUNSEL
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C.
SEATING FOR COUNSEL
After you have met with and been briefed by the Clerk, the Clerk is available to escort you
to the Courtroom.
Two seats are available at each counsel table in the Courtroom, one for the arguing counsel
and a second to accommodate a co-counsel, if any. Generally, only one co-counsel per each
arguing counsel will be seated at the table.
It is appropriate for co-counsel to occupy the arguing counsel's chair when the latter is
presenting argument. Except in extraordinary circumstances, co-counsel do not pass notes to
arguing counsel during argument.
D.
IN THE COURTROOM—ORDER OF BUSINESS
Arguing
counsel and co-
counsel should
be settled in the
Courtroom and
seated in their
assigned seats at
the
counsel
tables about 10
minutes before
oral argument is
set to begin.
The Clerk of the
Court cries the
Court in at 10:00
a.m.
The
Presiding Judge
will then announce that the Court will hear the scheduled argument. Counsel will be asked to
identify themselves to the Court, and counsel should stand when doing so. Appellant's counsel
will then be asked if they are ready to proceed and if they wish to reserve time for rebuttal, and
will then be told they may proceed. You may acknowledge the usual: "Judge [Name of Presiding
Judge], and may it please the Court." "Chief Judge" is used only in addressing the Chief Judge,
who, you should note, may not always be part of the panel. Judges are referred to as "Judge
Greenberg" or "Judge Schoelen," for instance, or, "Your Honor." If you are in doubt about the
name of a Judge who is addressing you, look to the Judge's nameplate. Remember, it is better to
use "Your Honor" than to address one Judge by another's name.
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