Oral Argument Notice

Argument is limited to 20 minutes per side. The Court reserves the right to expand or limit the time for argument. Multiple appellants or appellees must share the allotted argument time and so notify the Court at the beginning of oral argument. The acting chief judge will allot time between multiple parties if the parties are unable to reach an agreement.

Please note the location of the oral argument carefully. The Court frequently conducts oral arguments at locations other than the Tampa Branch.

Arguments at the court in Tampa are generally webcast. The webcast feed comes live approximately five minutes before the commencement of oral argument and can be accessed on the live video oral argument page.

Counsel appearing at oral argument in lieu of, or in addition to, counsel listed on the briefs must file a notice of appearance as soon as possible upon receipt of the oral argument order and no later than the day before the scheduled argument.

Any motions for continuance or requests to waive oral argument shall be made as soon as possible upon receipt of the oral argument order. Motions to continue should be based upon a commitment that pre-existed the receipt of this order, should specifically state the pre-existing commitment, and should recite consultation with opposing counsel or party.

The absence of counsel or an unrepresented party when his or her case is called may be treated as a waiver of the privilege of argument by the acting chief judge.

Cell phones must be silenced in the courtroom.

Counsel and unrepresented parties should consult the Practice PreferencesPDF Download for additional information about oral argument.

ATTENTION: PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES: If you are a person with a disability who needs any accommodation in order to participate in a court proceeding or event, you are entitled, at no cost to you, to the provision of certain assistance. Please contact Jo Haynes, Marshal, P.O. Box 327, Lakeland, Florida 33802, phone (863) 940-6050, as far in advance as possible, preferably 7 days before you wish to participate. If you are hearing or voice impaired, call 711.