The Supreme Court changed its pleading format after research indicated that female judges were more interrupted by male judges and lawyers, according to Judge Sonia Sotomayor.
Sotomaire says a 2017 Research study had a “huge impact” on the argumentative proceedings of the highest court and caused Chief Justice John Roberts to be “much more sensitive” to ensure that people are not interrupted in future proceedings, according to to a CNN report.
“Most of the time, women say things, and they are not heard in the same way as men who might say the same thing,” Sotomayor said at an event Wednesday at the law school of the New York University, referring to both the courtroom and within society.
In response to cases of interruption, Sotomayor said his refrain was to “interrupt backwards”.
The new system of the Supreme Court during oral argument is also in part a vestige of pandemic procedures, allowing each judge to ask specific questions after the expiry of the time allowed for a lawyer.
However, there have been fewer interruptions during oral argument since the resumed fall session of the Supreme Court, as judges are no longer confined to virtual hearings and can deliberate with each other in a more organic forum. , CNN reported.
The study analyzed court warrants from 1990, 2002 and 2015 and found that “the effects of gender, ideology and seniority on interruptions have occurred fairly consistently over time,” according to Tonja Jacobi, professor of law at Northwestern University, and Dylan Schweers, a co-author of the study.
The recent change in oral pleadings has also greatly affected justice Clarence thomas, who previously had a reputation for rarely asking questions of the judiciary.
Sotomayor’s comments on the study were fueled by the theme of diversity and inclusion at the NYU event, where she discussed her journey as the first Latina to the Supreme Court.
“If you are a person of color you have to work harder than everyone else to be successful. It is the nature, the competitive nature of our society, where you have to prove yourself every day,” she said. declared.
The Washington Examiner contacted NYU but did not immediately receive a response.
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Original author: Kaelan Deese