U.S. Supreme Court to hear four hours of oral argument the week of October 12

The U.S. Supreme Court’s 2020–2021 term begins its second week on October 12, with the court scheduled to hear four hours of oral argument throughout the week. Consistent with the court’s policy in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, all arguments will be made via teleconference with live audio provided.

On October 13, the court will hear two hours of oral argument: one hour in United States v. Briggs (Consolidated with United States v. Collins) and one hour in City of Chicago, Illinois v. Fulton. Briggs originated from the United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces and was originally scheduled for argument on March 23, 2020. Fulton originated from the United States Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit and was originally scheduled for argument on April 20, 2020. The court delayed arguments in both cases due to the coronavirus pandemic.

On October 14, the court will hear an additional two hours of oral argument: one hour in Torres v. Madrid and one hour in Pereida v. Barr. Torres originated from the United States Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit and Pereida originated from the United States Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit. Both cases were originally scheduled for argument on March 30, 2020, but were delayed.

These four hours of oral argument will conclude the court’s October sitting. The November sitting begins on November 2 when the court hears oral argument in U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service v. Sierra Club and Salinas v. United States Railroad Retirement Board.

As of October 7, 2020, the court agreed to hear 35 cases during its 2020–2021 term. Of those, 12 were originally scheduled for the 2019–2020 term but were delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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