It would be the first time in 24 years.
As a matter of course, the Supreme Court concludes its oral arguments in May each year and closes their session rendering their final opinions during June.
This year, with only a short amount of time left for the justices to turn over decisions in the 13 remaining cases, it seems increasingly likely that the Chief Justice will be forced to continue the work of the Court into July.
The delay in these opinions is due to COVID-19 pandemic. The justices postponed 20 cases that were scheduled to be argued in March and April, even putting off ten of them until the next term.
The last time the court issued a ruling in an argued case in July was 1996. One court historian said, “Bottom line here is that we are in uncharted waters. I don’t think anything is off the table.”
As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…
- For Chief Justice John Roberts and his decisions about continuing to release rulings into July or waiting for the session that resumes in October.
- For other justices of the Supreme Court and the potential they may have to forego certain of their July plans.
Sources: SCOTUSBlog, Bloomberg Law