Source of Information or 'Dog and Pony Show'?: Judicial Information Seeking During U.S. Supreme Court Oral Argument, 1963-1965 & 2004-2009
104 Pages Posted: 15 Sep 2009 Last revised: 22 Jun 2011
Date Written: September 10, 2009
Scholars and lawyers have long debated what role, if any, oral argument plays in the U.S. Supreme Court's decision-making process. While some have attempted anecdotally to determine whether or not Justices use oral argument to gather information in order to decide a case, few have attempted to investigate oral argument empirically. Additionally, no scholar to date has specifically measured the levels of information-seeking behavior during oral argument of individual Justices. Finally, there have been few studies attempting to quantitatively compare oral argument behavior in different time periods. This study attempts to address such deficiencies in Supreme Court scholarship.
Keywords: oral argument, Supreme Court
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