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Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Ind. Decisions - More on the webcasting of COA oral arguments

The ILB "Upcoming Oral Arguments" entry Monday re the Court of Appeals scheduled argument at Purdue University Jan. 27th in the case of Zimmer, Inc. vs. Todd O. Davis noted:

The court's site says this will be WEBCAST, which would make it the first COA argument outside the Statehouse to be webcast; even those held at IU Law's court center have not been webcast.
The Fort Wayne Journal Gazette's editorial column, "Furthermore", picks up on that this morning, under the heading "State Supreme Court webcast good model for public access":
Next week, the Indiana Court of Appeals will webcast arguments heard by a three-judge traveling panel at Purdue University. The state’s second-highest court routinely schedules oral arguments at law schools, colleges, high schools and county courthouses across Indiana as a way to help Hoosiers learn about the judicial system.

This is the first time, however, the court has opened the on-the-road proceedings to an Internet audience.

Hopefully, this is the beginning of a Court of Appeals trend to webcast all off-site oral arguments. While the "Appeals on Wheels" program, bringing the Court to locations throughout the State, is certainly worthwhile, it has been disappointing that webcasts of the arguments selected for this program, often the most interesting, have not been available, presumably because of technology problems.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on January 20, 2010 08:39 AM
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