October 2020 Supreme Court Session

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania’s October argument session, originally scheduled to be held in the Pittsburgh Supreme Courtroom, will be held via videoconference pursuant to the protocols set forth herein.

The arguments will be held Tuesday, October 20 through Thursday, October 22 (see the argument schedule at http://www.pacourts.us/assets/opinions/Supreme/out/October2020DailyArgumentList.pdf).

LIVESTREAM: Oct. 20 Morning: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FI4aQ9m6EKM
LIVESTREAM: Oct. 20 Afternoon: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9xKFFLfej2c

LIVESTREAM: Oct. 21 Morning: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hqGK-vpEO9g
LIVESTREAM: Oct. 21 Afternoon: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1S3cwWbqXhY

LIVESTREAM: Oct. 22 Morning: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VmdG8te4nqw
LIVESTREAM: Oct. 22 Afternoon: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nw8PeLI12bk

Please consult this webpage or follow @PACourts and @SupremeCtofPA on Twitter for updates.

Information for Counsel

Argument will not be divided except upon good cause shown and any request for such division should be made by filing a formal motion with the prothonotary’s office no later than Wednesday, September 9, 2020. Only arguing counsel will be permitted to participate in the videoconference - other counsel of record and counsel for amicus curiae should consult the “Information for the Media and the Public” section on this page for information about viewing the argument.


WITHIN THREE DAYS OF RECEIVING THE PROTHONOTARY’S NOTICE SCHEDULING YOUR CASE FOR ARGUMENT, arguing counsel must review the remainder of this page and send an e-mail to the court crier, Brian Minner, at brian.minner@pacourts.us, with the following information:

Docket Number:
Name of Arguing Counsel:
E-Mail Address:
Cell Phone:

If you do not receive a confirmation e-mail within two business days of submitting your argument acknowledgement, please contact the court crier at 717-412-5630. (Note: please check your spam folder before calling).


Argument Protocols

October’s remote oral argument will proceed in a manner similar to traditional in-person oral argument. Appellant's counsel will have two minutes for opening remarks after which argument will transition to a question and answer format; Appellee will proceed in a similar fashion.

At the conclusion of each argument, the Court will take a brief break at which time counsel for the next argument will join the videoconference. Additional details regarding the protocols for oral argument and schedule will be addressed during the test sessions on Thursday, October 15 (see below).


Videoconference Information

The Court will be using Cisco’s Webex software to conduct oral argument. To participate in oral argument, arguing counsel must have the following technical capacity:

  • A computer with a webcam, or tablet/smartphone running iOS or Android
  • An internet connection download speed of 1.0 Mbps and upload speed of 1.5 Mbps (to test your internet connection, please visit https://www.speedtest.net/)

Arguing counsel must also be available to participate in the tests scheduled below:

  • Thursday, October 15 at 10:00 a.m. for those cases scheduled on October 20
  • Thursday, October 15 at 11:00 a.m. for those cases scheduled on October 21
  • Thursday, October 15 at 1:00 p.m. for those cases scheduled on October 22

If you have any questions not addressed in this section, please do not hesitate to contact brian.minner@pacourts.us.


Information for the Media and the Public

Barring any unanticipated technical issues, October's argument session will be livestreamed on the court's official YouTube channel (https://www.youtube.com/c/SupremeCtofPAOfficial/) and kept available for future viewing.

Recording during oral argument by videoconference is prohibited by the operating procedures of this Court and the Rules of Judicial Administration. See Sections 9.A.2 and 9.A.3 of the Internal Operating Procedures of the Supreme Court; see also Rule 1910 of the Rules of Judicial Administration, 201 Pa. Code §1910. Violation of this directive may result in the imposition of sanctions.

If you have questions, please contact stacey.witalec@pacourts.us or kimberly.bathgate@pacourts.us.