What is an oral argument?
The purpose of an oral argument, when it is allowed, is to clarify legal issues presented in the briefs. Oral arguments are not heard by most appellate courts unless there is a specific request by either of the parties. Few jurisdictions allow for oral argument as a matter of course. The oral presentations are strictly confined to the issues on appeal. Lawyers are strictly required to keep their oral presentations strictly to the issues on appeal and, ordinarily, subjected to a rigidly enforced time limit. This time limit can be extended only upon the discretion of the court.