FTC Reacts to Reintroduction of Bipartisan Bill to Televise SCOTUS
FTC senior researcher Tyler Cooper released this statement:
Fix the Court applauds Senate Judiciary Chairman Durbin and Ranking Member Grassley for reintroducing the Cameras in the Courtroom Act.
This legislation reaffirms a bipartisan commitment to third branch transparency and builds upon the judiciary’s recent efforts to provide livestreams for proceedings in the Supreme Court and in all of the 13 U.S. Courts of Appeals.
The public expects access to information as it happens, and it is encouraging to see the Senate working to ensure the Supreme Court does not backslide to its old routine of only providing public access to oral arguments at the end of the week.
Within one year of the bill's passage, same-day audio release for Supreme Court oral arguments would be required; live audio at the high court would be required within two years and live video for all circuit court arguments also within two years.