Respond to Our Commentary

An important aim of The Court is to generate thoughtful and lively discussion about the work of the Supreme Court. Your responses to the commentary published on The Court are the main way in which we’ll achieve that aim, and so we very much welcome your contributions.

It’s easy to join the discussion. You have only to click on “Respond,” which you’ll find at the end of every entry on the main page to be taken to a form into which you can enter your response. Or, if you’re reading an entry on it’s own separate page, you’ll see the form already open at the bottom of the page.

We don’t accept anonymous contributions, so we ask you for your name and your email address when you enter a response. You’ll be invited to give us the URL for your website, if you have one, though that’s optional.

We also moderate all responses. That means that it may take up to a day before your responses will appear on the site. (You will be able to see how your own submission will look when published, though no one else will be able to see it until it is accepted by the editors.). We moderate all responses principally because of “comment spam,” a pestilential problem for all blogs that entertain responses. Comment spam, for those who don’t know it, means that false responses appear on the site advertising all manner of… irrelevant things. There are ways of filtering out most of it, but some — and some of it truly obnoxious — will always slip through the most vigilant filters.

As well, we have a response policy that seeks to promote rational argument. We encourage thoughtful relevant responses; we do not publish personal attacks or responses that are libelous; we do not censor responses based on the views expressed, whether of the commentary to which they are responding or of the Supreme Court opinion that sparked the commentary. If for some reason our editors feel that your response might be improved by editing or the omission of a portion, they will seek your permission to make the suggested edits. As well it may be that from time to time an editor will send a responder an email to verify his or her identity before accepting a response.

If you find that you are a frequent responder, you may wish to become a Friend of The Court. This will allow you to submit commentary as well as responses, and will obviate the need for moderation.