Supreme Court to Stream First-Ever Webcast Tomorrow

scotusThe Supreme Court is notoriously camera shy, staunchly refusing to allow cameras in its courtroom when it is in session. Tomorrow, however, the court will break with that tradition. Sort of.

The court is holding a special meeting tomorrow of the Supreme Court Bar to honor the memory of the late Justice Antonin Scalia. A special sitting of the court will follow.

The bar meeting, which takes place in the Upper Great Hall of the court, will be streamed live on the court’s website beginning at 1:45 p.m. Eastern time. The special sitting, which begins at 3 p.m., will not be streamed, according to a court announcement.

According to Fix the Court, an organization that advocates for accountability and transparency for the Supreme Court, this is the court’s first-ever live video webcast.

The bar meeting will feature remarks by Acting Solicitor General Ian H. Gershengorn, Time Warner Executive Vice President and General Counsel Paul T. Cappuccio, Gibson Dunn & Crutcher partner Kristin A. Linsley, George Washington University Professor of Law Bradford R. Clark, Kirkland & Ellis partner Paul D. Clement and U.S. Circuit Judge Jeffrey S. Sutton. Paul T. Cappuccio will serve as chairman of the meeting.

At the meeting’s conclusion, bar members are expected to adopt a commemorative resolution in honor of Justice Scalia.

“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.”

That remains to be seen (no pun intended).

 

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  • avon

    This webcast can only be good news.
    Scalia was personally beloved, and the occasion is relatively uncontroversial. So if we hope to see someday Court sessions live, this is an indirect but likely effective nudge in that direction.
    Little or no chance of any downside to it, and familiarity with the concept may start replacing anxiety over it.

    I regret it, if such “meetings” and such a “commemorative resolution” are rare. There are other Justices I’d much rather see commemorated – though I’ve never noticed (because they’ve never been broadcast!) if in fact they do occur for many or all Justices.

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