Oral Argument or Submission on Briefs
When the parties file their
briefs, they may request oral argument by writing "ORAL ARGUMENT
REQUESTED" on the cover of their
brief. App.R. 21(A). If the parties request oral argument, the
Court will schedule a date several months after the last brief is filed.
If oral argument is not requested, the case will be assigned to a panel
of three judges who will make a decision based on the written arguments
in the briefs.
Oral argument gives the parties an
opportunity to appear in person before the three judges from the Court of
Appeals who will decide the case. The parties have 15 minutes each
to present their arguments. The oral arguments should focus on the
key arguments made in writing in the briefs. The Court of Appeals
cannot take new evidence or hear testimony from witnesses.
You can learn more about oral
argument in the Ninth District Court of Appeals by reading the
Guide to Oral Argument.