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Supreme Court U.S. Supreme Court building on April 23, 2019. Credit: Diego M. Radzinschi / ALM

The U.S. Supreme Court said oral arguments in October at the start of the new term will be conducted by telephone, a scheme the justices set in place just months ago as the coronavirus pandemic shuttered courts around the country.

The court in May held a series of telephonic arguments in major cases, and the justices were permitted to ask questions based on seniority. Chief Justice John Roberts Jr. was the keeper of the clock, occasionally telling his colleagues to “wrap up.”

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Marcia Coyle

Marcia Coyle, based in Washington, covers the U.S. Supreme Court. Contact her at [email protected]. On Twitter: @MarciaCoyle

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Mike Scarcella

Mike Scarcella is a senior editor in Washington on ALM Media's regulatory desk. Contact him at [email protected]. On Twitter: @MikeScarcella. Mike works on a slate of newsletters: Supreme Court Brief | Higher Law | Compliance Hot Spots | Labor of Law.

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