This rule governs oral argument in the Supreme Court unless the court provides otherwise in its Internal Operating Practices and Procedures or by order.
The Supreme Court holds regular sessions in San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Sacramento on a schedule fixed by the court, and may hold special sessions elsewhere.
The Supreme Court clerk must send notice of the time and place of oral argument to all parties at least 20 days before the argument date. The Chief Justice may shorten the notice period for good cause; in that event, the clerk must immediately notify the parties by telephone or other expeditious method.
The petitioner for Supreme Court relief has the right to open and close. If there are two or more petitioners-or none-the court must set the sequence of argument.
Each side is allowed 30 minutes for argument.
An amicus curiae is not entitled to argument time but may ask a party for permission to use a portion or all of the party's time, subject to the 10-minute minimum prescribed in (f)(3). If permission is granted, counsel must file a request under (f)(2).
Cal. R. Ct. 8.524
Advisory Committee Comment
Subdivision (d). In subdivision (d), "The petitioner for Supreme Court relief" can be a petitioner for review, a petitioner for transfer (rule), a petitioner in an original proceeding in the Supreme Court, or a party designated as petitioner in a proceeding on request of a court of another jurisdiction (rule ).
The number of petitioners is "none" when the court grants review on its own motion or transfers a cause to itself on its own motion.
Subdivision (e). The time allowed for argument in death penalty appeals is prescribed in rule.
Subdivision (f). The number of counsel allowed to argue on each side in death penalty appeals is prescribed in rule.