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Bloomberg Law has Justices Yet to Decide on Live Audio Kept in Appeals Courts

  • The US Supreme Court has yet to reveal whether livestreaming will continue even as Chief Justice John Roberts signaled that its courtroom will reopen to the public next month.
  • Eleven of the 12 regional federal appeals courts as well as the Federal Circuit continue to let the public listen to real-time audio of proceedings. (The 11th Cir. is the exception.)
  • Just the D.C. Circuit and the Ninth Circuit regularly provided a live feed of arguments before the pandemic. The San Francisco-based Ninth Circuit goes a step further, offering live video for arguments. Other circuits—as well as the Supreme Court—followed suit with live audio when Covid forced many courts to go remote or limit public access in 2020.


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