At 6 p.m. ET tonight, the Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals will live-stream the audio in State of Washington v. Trump, in which the government will argue the appeals court should reinstate the President’s travel ban executive order that was halted by a lower court judge on Friday.
Because the hearing is taking place by phone, it will be audio only. You may listen to it here.
Fix the Court executive director Gabe Roth responded to the news of the live-stream as follows:
As more Americans are becoming civically engaged, it is critical they understand the role all three branches of government play in our democracy – and not just the two that currently get the most airtime.
There is no better way to experience the work of our federal judiciary than first-hand via modern technology. The finer points of immigration law – and which branch ultimately gets to decide who enters the country – are complicated, and as the debate over the travel ban continues, there is value to being able to pull up a video clip of Friday’s hearing and an audio clip of today’s hearing to tell the story – and in a much more engaging way than a transcript could.
As the judicial branch’s role in holding the republic together grows, other federal courts should consider expanding broadcast access as the Ninth Circuit has.