Advocates for pro-transparency reforms at the U.S. Supreme Court were pleased to learn that the institution will host its first-ever live video webcast on Nov. 4 as part of a Great Hall commemoration of the late Justice Antonin Scalia’s life and work.
“The webcast announcement was a shock, though a much appreciated one,” said Fix the Court executive director Gabe Roth. “I hope it is also a sign that the voices of reason and modernity are gaining acceptance inside the building.”
Even though many lower courts in the U.S. use webcast technology to increase transparency of their proceedings, this is the first known occasion in which the Supreme Court will employ online video.
Fix the Court joins the many thousands of Americans who hope that the favorable reception to this technology will soon allow them to watch the justices in action without having to purchase an airline ticket and rent a hotel room, only to wait in line for hours, if not longer, in hopes of being let in to the courtroom.