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Monday, December 09, 2013

Courts - 9th Circuit leads the way in live video of oral arguments

Here is part of the 9th Circuit announcement:

SAN FRANCISCO – Internet users will soon have a seat in the courtroom when exceptionally important cases are argued before the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. The nation's busiest federal appellate court plans to provide live video streaming of its en banc proceedings, beginning with five cases (calendar and case summaries attached) scheduled for oral arguments December 9-11, 2013, in the James R. Browning U.S. Courthouse in San Francisco. Effective December 9, Internet users will find links to the video streams here or by visiting www.ca9.uscourts.gov and clicking on the link labeled β€œEn Banc Video Streaming.” It is believed to be the first time a federal appellate court will use its technology to deliver live video of a proceeding over the Internet. Broadcast and cable news networks have previously provided live coverage of Ninth Circuit court proceedings, including Internet viewing. * * *

An en banc court is used to resolve intra-circuit conflicts of law and other legal questions considered to be of exceptional importance. On average, only about 20 cases receive en banc review each year. Rather than a three-judge appellate panel, an en banc court consists of the chief judge of the circuit and 10 judges drawn at random. En banc proceedings are held quarterly, usually in the Browning U.S. Courthouse in San Francisco and the Richard H. Chambers U.S. Court of Appeals Building in Pasadena, California. Since 2010, the court has video streamed en banc proceedings to all of its courthouses. Thus, an en banc court convened in Pasadena can be observed at the San Francisco courthouse, the William K. Nakamura U.S. Courthouse in Seattle and the Pioneer Courthouse in Portland, Oregon.

Here is a quite nice table of the 5 oral arguements to be heard this week. The videos also will be archived for later viewing. Thanks to How Appealing, here is a link to a long story by Bill Mears at CNN on videocasting federal appeals arguments.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on December 9, 2013 12:28 PM
Posted to Courts in general