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Concerns raised about growing trend to oral judgments at Supreme Court

Wednesday, March 21, 2018 @ 5:12 AM | By Cristin Schmitz

Some Supreme Court watchers are raising questions and concerns about the top court’s growing practice of disposing of cases orally from the bench, without subsequently issuing written reasons.

In the Supreme Court’s winter session that ends March 23, the nine judges have orally blown away nearly 29 per cent of the 21 appeals they have heard — including an 8-1 decision on March 20 in a civil case in which leave to appeal had been granted. Of the six oral judgments thus far in 2018, four...