In assembling argument panels and assigning cases to those panels, the court uses a computer program designed to achieve the following goals prescribed by Internal Operating Procedure 34.1:
- assure, insofar as practicable, the opportunity for each judge to sit with all other judges an equal numbers of times;
- assign cases, insofar as practicable, to judges who have had previous involvement with the case on appeal through random assignment to a pre-argument motion or prior appeal in the matter (though there is no guarantee that any of the judges previously involved will be assigned to a hearing panel);
- provide for random assignment so as to assure that both the appearance and the fact of presentation of particular types of cases to particular judges is avoided.
The judges of the court have no involvement with the assignment of cases to panels. Within the clerk's office, the paneling and assignment functions are performed by a computer program. If a prior panel or judge has had previous involvement with the case by way of a pre-argument motion or a prior appeal, the clerk's office will make every effort to assign the case for oral argument to that judge or panel, but there is no guarantee that any of the judges who have previously been involved with an appeal will be assigned to a hearing panel. I.O.P. 34.1.