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(CNN) -- The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday announced the schedule for oral arguments in the Bush campaign's appeal of the Florida Supreme Court decision that let hand recounts go forward in Palm Beach and Miami-Dade counties.

The arguments will begin at 10 a.m. EST Friday and last exactly 90 minutes.

Each side will have 45 minutes to present its case to the court and answer questions from the nine justices.

Bush attorney Theodore Olson will go first, because the Bush campaign brought the appeal. Olson has been given 35 minutes to speak, and can divide that time so that he can offer a rebuttal after all of the attorneys have presented their cases.

Olson will be followed by Joseph Klock, who is representing Florida Secretary of State Katherine Harris. Klock will have 10 minutes to argue that state law gave her discretion to certify the election results without accepting the results of manual recounts.

Harvard Law professor Laurence Tribe will have 35 minutes to present the Gore team's argument.

Florida Deputy Attorney General Paul F. Hancock represents Florida Attorney General Bob Butterworth, who says the state Supreme Court's ruling should stand. He will have 10 minutes to present his case.

The U.S. Supreme Court is very strict about the time limits and uses a system of three lights to show the lawyers how much time is left. A green light goes on when the speaker's time begins, a white light warns that they have five minutes more an a red light means to stop. The justices are said to have walked out on attorneys who continued speaking after their time expired.

CNN Senior Washington Correspondent Charles Bierbauer and CNN Legal Analyst Roger Cossack contributed to this report.



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