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Supreme Court Postpones Arguments for March Session Due to Coronavirus

Supreme Court Postpones Arguments for March Session Due to Coronavirus

“The Court will examine the options for rescheduling those cases in due course in light of the developing circumstances.”

The Supreme Court announced this morning it will postpone arguments during the March session.

It is common for the Court to postpone arguments during public health emergencies:

In keeping with public health precautions recommended in response to COVID-19, the Supreme Court is postponing the oral arguments currently scheduled for the March session (March 23-25 and March 30-April 1). The Court will examine the options for rescheduling those cases in due course in light of the developing circumstances.

The Court will hold its regularly scheduled Conference on Friday, March 20. Some Justices may participate remotely by telephone. The Court will issue its regularly scheduled Order List on Monday, March 23 at 9:30 a.m. The list will be posted on the Court’s Website at that time:

The Building will continue to be open for official business, and filing deadlines are not extended under Rule 30.1. The Court is expanding remote working capabilities to reduce the number of employees in the Building, consistent with public health guidance. The Building will remain closed to the public until further notice.

The Court’s postponement of argument sessions in light of public health concerns is not unprecedented. The Court postponed scheduled arguments for October 1918 in response to the Spanish flu epidemic. The Court also shortened its argument calendars in August 1793 and August 1798 in response to yellow fever outbreaks.

We cannot report every closing, but as Axios pointed out, the Supreme Court is “a critical arm of the U.S. government.”

Supreme Court Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Stephen Breyer are in their 80s. We all know Ginsburg has struggled with many health issues.


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JusticeDelivered | March 16, 2020 at 11:22 am

I wonder if coronavirus is going give Trump more opportunities to appoint new people to SCOTUS?

    Sonnys Mom in reply to JusticeDelivered. | March 16, 2020 at 12:04 pm

    And here I had such high hopes for RBG… /s

    coroanvirus is the whirlwind Chuck spoke about

      Another Voice in reply to buck61. | March 16, 2020 at 6:32 pm

      The ole sayings, “Be careful what you wish for”, “What goes around, comes around”, “Karma’s a bitch”.

      Chuck hasn’t had very good run this month with his PR. Back home he has Cuomo pissed @ him royally with getting through the senate “only” an $8 Billion emergency state fund package with NY State getting a mere $35 Million. Granted Cuomo needs much more as he has lost billions on his pet projects and his knack to pick winners and losers in the fashion of Obama on the taxpayers dime. The projected shortfall for the 20/21 budget is @ $6.1 Billion in the hole. Unless he gets called up by the Democrats at their convention (rumor), he needs more $’s to keep is a$$ in office. His go to account of wall street millionaires are not going to so acceptable to his new fees, tax raises and regulatory costs of living and/or working in NYS next year.

Let me translate for you:

We have just found out all the liberal judges including Ruth Buzzy have the Wuhan virus.

Barry Soetoro | March 16, 2020 at 11:50 am

It’s difficult to imagine a federal position in which it is easier to maintain a healthy social distance while performing one’s job than a US Supreme Court justice. On the other hand, some justices are at high risk of mortality if they contract the Wu flu.

Social… physical distancing: teleconferencing, with a caveat that your system is properly isolated and inoculated to mitigate progress of electron and photon-based contagions.

Their staff’s likely does most of the work and research.

Worldwide Deaths… Jan-Feb 2020..

2,360: Coronavirus.
69,602: Common Cold / Seasonal Flu.

This is what happens when you can’t find a Hawaiian judge to issue a nation-wide injunction on COVID-19

The last time the SC had standing room only for all of twenty people was when? Let’s do a quick count. 9 judges, 10 lawyers, 10 clerks, 2 security guards and 2 bystanders. Oh plus the cameraman for CNN/PBS/NBC. No wonder this important institution was shut down.

I fail to see why they cannot run a virtual court.

If I do’t go to work, I don’t eat, or meet my house payment.
Must be nice.