Sunday, March 11, 2007
The Eye observes that the FY06 Annual Report has been posted on the CAAF website. I'd attempt a link to it but The Eye has never moved past signal flags as its primary means of communication, so The Eye expects each of you to do your duty and find it yourself. For those of you who are curious about trends in the number of oral arguments at the various CCA's, no surprises this year -- the numbers remain low. NMCCA had 10 in FY06 and averaged 9.6 arguments per year over the past five FY's. During that same period, AFCCA averaged 13 a year, although the Appellate Defense and Appellate Government reported different numbers for FY06 arguments. I saw no comparable chart for ACCA but then again, I am visually challenged. The NMCCA and AFCCA numbers compel me to ask: are the numbers low simply because counsel don't request oral argument (either for tactical reasons or in an effort to avoid futile hours of preparation for a quixotic exercise)? Or are the courts denying motions for oral arguments?
Posted by M. T. Hall at 11:26 AM