After some prodding from court transparency groups, the 11th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals based in Atlanta has announced that it will place oral argument audio online starting next year.
Circuit Clerk David Smith wrote on Dec. 5 that the court “has tentatively approved posting oral argument recordings on its website. However, appropriate revisions to the Court’s rules will first have to go through the rulemaking process, which is anticipated to take approximately six months.”
Once the 11th Circuit switches its policy, which as of now requires a written request and a $30 check to obtain audio, the 10th Circuit will be the only federal appellate court that fails to post audio.
The 1st through 9th, D.C. and Federal Circuits all post online audio, as does the U.S. Supreme Court.