Sunday, March 26, 2006

Why are we the last to know here in the Fourth Circuit

Howard Bashman reports here that the Fourth Circuit is among the very few in its practice of concealing the names of the judges on your panel until the day of the argument.

I have never understood this practice, but I suppose it does make oral argument a bit more sporting, especially when there is some judge sitting on the panel by designation and you never heard of him or her before.

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