Longer days at the Supreme Court come October

Looks like Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr. meant it when he said the justices of the Supreme Court would have to work harder earlier in the term to avoid the annual June opinion crunch. (There are 22 cases still awaiting decisions before its last session – 13 days from today).

Court released its oral argument calendar for October, the first month of next term. Unlike this term, when justices only heard two cases each day, and the Court wrapped up most days by noon, in October most days the Court will hear three cases. That means two cases will be argued before an hourlong break for lunch, then the Court will reconvene for a third session, wrapping up sometime after 2 p.m.

The first month will also feature three weeks of oral arguments instead of the customary two weeks, allowing justices to stay ahead of the oral argument game before December, when there will be only one week of oral arguments due to the holidays.

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