The Appeals Process: The Oral Arguments

The Oral Arguments

Oral arguments are vastly different than the opening or closing arguments that are made at trial. Instead, oral arguments on appeal consist of questions that the appellate justices have regarding the case. These questions can either be based upon the relevant law or upon the facts adduced through the appellate record. A ruling is also not given by the appellate court at the conclusion of the oral argument. Rather, the appellate court will issue a written ruling sometime in the future. This written ruling can either be a written opinion that is published in the law books, which means that the case has precedential value to future cases or it can issue a written order that is not published and does not have precedential value. 

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