Lawyers Embracing Supreme Court's 'Two-Minute' Rule

Law360, Washington (October 18, 2019, 5:34 PM EDT) -- Supreme Court advocates are liking the court's new format allowing two minutes of uninterrupted argument time before the justices begin asking questions, even if the court's most active interrogator, Justice Sonia Sotomayor, is still adapting to the change.

The court announced the new policy on Oct. 3, just days before the justices returned to the bench for the first week of oral arguments of the 2019 term. The addition to the court's Guide For Counsel states, "The Court generally will not question lead counsel for petitioners (or appellants) and respondents (or appellees) during the first two minutes of argument."

The provision, which is...

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