Supreme Court Rules, Practices, and Traditions


When the Court decides to hear a case, what happens next?

The Court informs the Clerk of the Court, who must then schedule oral argument. Under Rule 25, the petitioner then must draft a written document called a brief (a bit of a misnomer because briefs can be up to fifty pages long) within forty-five days of the Court’s order that it has accepted the case. The respondent then has thirty days from the date of the petitioner’s filing to file its response brief. The petitioner may then file a reply brief as long as it is filed more than one week before oral argument.


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