National Affairs: A New Formality

For years it has been the custom of the crier to announce the approach of court as the Justices filed into the room and seated themselves. Then he would intone the traditional "oyez," admonishing all having business "before this honorable Court to draw near and give their attention, because this Court is now sitting."

Last week Chief Justice Taft added a new touch of dignity to the time-honored formality. All the Justices, after reaching their seats, remain standing until the invocation is finished. Then the crier announces: "This Court is now in session." And...

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