Monday, May 18, 2015

When do you learn your panel for federal appeals?

Today's National Law Journal offers Circuits Split on ID'ing Case Panels, discussing the different timeframes used by federal Circuits to identify appellate panels.
"Of the 13 federal appeals courts, only three — the Fourth, Seventh and Federal circuits — wait to disclose the three judges assigned to a case on the day it is argued. The other circuits reveal their panels days or weeks in advance." ...
"The Sixth and Eleventh circuits provide about two weeks' notice. Six courts — the First, Second, Third, Fifth, Ninth and Tenth circuits — identify the panel the week before arguments."
The 1st Circuit gives lawyers a week's notice; the 8th Circuit provides a month's notice. The 9th Circuit, of course, posts panels the Monday before the argument date. Below is nifty graphic from the article: