US Supreme Court Postpones Upcoming Arguments – They Did The Same During The Spanish Flu

Unsurprising considering the age demographic of the court ! reports

The U.S. Supreme on Monday announced it will not hold its March oral argument session that was scheduled to begin March 23 for two weeks.

“In keeping with public health precautions recommended in response to COVID-19, the Supreme Court is postponing the oral arguments currently scheduled for the March session (March 23-25 and March 30-April 1),” the court’s public information office stated. “The court will examine the options for rescheduling those cases in due course in light of the developing circumstances.”

The court said postponement of the argument session in light of public health concerns is not unprecedented. The justices did not hold arguments for October 1918 because of the Spanish flu epidemic. And the court shortened its argument calendars in August 1793 and August 1798 in response to yellow fever outbreaks. Advocates had been preparing at various moot court sessions in recent days, on the chance the court was prepared to keep argument sessions as scheduled.

Despite the deferral of arguments, the justices will go forward with other business. The court will hold its regularly scheduled private conference March 20 when the justices go through newly filed petitions and other matters. Some justices may participate remotely by telephone. The court also will release regularly scheduled orders on what petitions have been granted or denied at 9:30 a.m. on March 23. That orders list will be available on the court’s website.