Oral Argument Guidelines

  • In both criminal and civil appeals, argument is limited to 20 minutes per side. Multiple appellants or appellees must share the allotted argument time and so notify the Court prior to the commencement of oral argument. The presiding judge will allot time between multiple parties if the parties are unable to reach an agreement.
  • The panel composition is subject to change.  No notice is given to the parties or counsel of a panel change. The oral argument calendar on the court's website may be checked for the most current information regarding the panel. For cases added onto an existing oral argument calendar, the panel for the add-on case may differ from the panel identified for that oral argument session.
  • Arguments at the court in Daytona Beach are generally webcast and archived on the Court’s website.
  • Counsel appearing at argument in lieu of, or in addition to, counsel submitting briefs must file a notice of appearance prior to the date of the scheduled argument.
  • Requests to reschedule oral argument shall comply with Administrative Order 5D15-01.
  • Waiver of argument that was requested should be brought to the Court's attention upon receipt of this calendar. If the Court has scheduled argument that was not requested by counsel for the parties, waiver of argument will not be granted.
  • Cases scheduled for argument at the 10:00 a.m. session may be advanced to the 9:00 a.m. session upon notice from the Court prior to the date of argument.
  • The absence of counsel when his/her case is called shall be deemed a waiver of the privilege of argument.
  • Cell phones must be silenced in the courtroom.
  • 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 the Marshal, Charles Crawford, 300 South Beach Street, Daytona Beach, Florida 32114, telephone (386) 947-1544, as far in advance as possible, preferably seven (7) days, before you wish to participate. If you are voice or hearing impaired, call 711 to reach the Telecommunications Relay Service.

Rev. 04/2019