The U.S. Supreme Court announced its first cessation of hearings in over a century due to the coronavirus pandemic, placing an important case on whether President Donald Trump could continue to hide his tax returns.
The US Supreme Court said it would postpone the oral argument scheduled between March 23 and April 1, "in accordance with the public health precautions recommended in response to COVID-19."
It was the first suspension of public health arguments since the global Spanish flu crisis of 1918, the court said.
Other regular legal transactions – filings and reviews in current and future cases – will continue.
The average age of the nine judges is 67, two of whom are over 80 years old. This makes them one of the judges most at risk from the corona virus.
The court said the judges would be holding their regular conference this Friday, with some potentially joining by phone.
The postponement gives Trump a possible relief, whose lawyers should defend his right to keep his tax returns secret from Congress and New York prosecutors in a case scheduled for March 31.
The court said that and other cases for hearings would be postponed later.
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