Fix the Court executive director Gabe Roth released this statement following news that the Supreme Court has granted cert. in Trump v. Hawaii et al.:
A case like this – with such heightened public interest – presents the perfect opportunity for Supreme Court arguments to truly enter the digital age.
We know that the high court has the capability to digitally stream audio from its courtroom, and the American people want to listen live to major cases, as was demonstrated by the astounding number of individuals who tuned in for earlier versions of this case in the lower courts.
We look forward to the day when more Americans than the 300 or so who can fit inside the courtroom can follow along with the court’s main public exercise live as it unfolds.”
The judges of the Tenth Circuit voted earlier this week to begin posting argument audio automatically within a day or two of a hearing, leaving the Supreme Court as the only federal appellate court in the country that does not post argument audio online shortly after an argument. (SCOTUS posts audio at the end of the week.)
Previously, the Tenth Circuit would only post audio if a motion for it was filed or if the circuit deemed a case to have exceedingly high public interest.
Last month, the D.C. Circuit voted to livestream the audio of all arguments for which there was a request from the press or public. Most recently, the court livestreamed three arguments yesterday following a request from Fix the Court.
The Fourth and Ninth Circuits livestreamed the audio of their 2017 travel ban cases.