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The Supreme Court announced Monday that it would postpone oral arguments for its March session because of the coronavirus outbreak.
Why it matters: It's a critical arm of the U.S. government shutting down as a response to the crisis.
- Two of the nine justices, Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Stephen Breyer, are in their 80s.
- The session was due to take place March 23–25 and March 30–April 1.
- The Court stated in its press release it "will examine the options for rescheduling those cases in due course in light of the developing circumstances."
The big picture: It noted that postponing arguments "in light of public health concerns is not unprecedented," though it does mark the court's first postponement since the Spanish flu epidemic in 1918.