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NCJ Number: 121086 Find in a Library
Title: Oral Argument in the Court
Journal: Trial  Volume:25  Issue:12  Dated:(December 1989)  Pages:78-82,84
Author(s): R W Galloway
Date Published: 1989
Page Count: 6
Type: Issue Overview
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Attorneys arguing before the U.S. Supreme Court face intense questioning by the Justices during oral argument and should prepare themselves well for a series of difficult queries.
Abstract: The conservative Justices Rehnquist, Scalia, and O'Connor often ask tough questions and follow up those questions with even tougher queries. They pose hypotheticals and ask that assertions be supported by precedent. The more liberal Justices Blackmun, Brennan, and Marshall rarely pose questions during oral argument. Attorneys preparing to argue cases before the Supreme Court must prepare themselves thoroughly in the facts and precedents of their cases and must be prepared to be interrupted vigorously with complex and challenging questions. Questions raised by specific Justices are cited, as are question patterns used by certain Justices. 9 footnotes.
Main Term(s): Attorney competence
Index Term(s): Accusatorial systems; Court structure; Judicial process; US Supreme Court decisions
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