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Supreme Court Going Virtual for Oral Arguments

Court will hear cases in May, expected to share with news media.

WASHINGTON—The Supreme Court has scheduled virtual oral arguments for a number of dates in May. This comes after the court postponed oral arguments in March and April because of the coronavirus pandemic.

The Supreme Court has scheduled oral arguments by telephone conference for 10 postponed cases, with all justices working remotely. The virtual oral arguments will take place on May 4, 5, 6, 11, 12 and 13. There was no word if more would be heard on additional dates.

In its announcement, the Supreme Court said that it “anticipates” making the live audio feed of the arguments available to the news media.

PSB Research recently conducted a survey where 72% of respondents said that the Supreme Court should be hearing oral arguments even during the pandemic.

After initially believing that the live audio oral arguments would only be available for the news media, Fix the Court Executive Director Gabe Roth has said that the media will be allowed to post the audio for broad public consumption. Roth believes that this will have ramifications for the Supreme Court moving forward.

“The court will have no excuse come next term to maintain a live audio policy for every argument, and we’ll do our part to make sure that live video is not too far behind,” Roth said.

This story was updated with Roth’s quote correcting that the live audio would be available to the public.