V. ORAL ARGUMENT

V. ORAL ARGUMENT

Court normally convenes at and to hear oral arguments. Oral argument is optional. Cases may be submitted on the briefs without oral argument. If counsel or a pro se appellant are not present when court convenes, the case may be submitted on the briefs. A respondent who fails to file a brief will not be permitted to participate in oral argument. Special Rule 1.

In cases that are set on the oral argument docket, the appellant is allowed a maximum of twenty (20) minutes for argument and may reserve up to five (5) minutes for rebuttal. Respondent is allowed a maximum of fifteen (15) minutes. Special Rule 1.

If there are multiple parties on a side they shall divide the allotted time. In cross-appeals, the plaintiff in the trial court shall be entitled to open and close the argument, unless the Court directs otherwise.