HEARING OR REHEARING OF CASES BY THE
COURT OF APPEALS EN BANC
(a) When Hearing or Rehearing En Banc Will Be Ordered. It shall require the affirmative vote of six (6) members of the Court of Appeals to hear or rehear an appeal or other proceeding en banc. A hearing or rehearing en banc is not favored and ordinarily will not be ordered except (1) when consideration by the full court is necessary to secure or maintain uniformity of its decisions, or (2) when the proceeding involves a question of exceptional importance.
(b) Suggestion of a Party for Hearing or Rehearing En Banc. If a party desires to suggest that a matter be heard initially en banc, the suggestion shall be made in writing, and must be served and filed not later than twenty (20) days prior to the hearing date. If a suggestion for rehearing en banc is to be made, it shall be included in the petition for rehearing. No response shall be filed by other parties unless the Court shall so order. The Clerk of the Court of Appeals shall transmit the suggestion to all judges of the Court. A vote will not be taken to determine if the matter shall be heard or reheard en banc unless a member of the Court calls for a vote on the suggestion. If no vote is taken on the suggestion, the parties shall be advised that the suggestion has been rejected.