A US Supreme Court first: arguments by teleconference including major one involving Trump
WASHINGTON: The U.S. Supreme Court said on Monday that for the first time the nine justices will hear cases argued by teleconference rather than in the courtroom due to the coronavirus pandemic including a closely watched dispute over whether President Donald Trump’s tax and financial records should be disclosed.
The announcement represented the latest way in which the pandemic is reshaping American society, with the court set to embrace teleconferencing like countless other shuttered workplaces that have sought ways to continue functioning.
The court will hear arguments next month by teleconference in 10 cases, with the justices and the lawyers arguing before them all set to participate remotely in light of “public health guidance” in response to the pandemic, court spokeswoman Kathy Arberg said.
The court has been historically resistant to embrace new technologies. There still is no video recording of arguments. Audio feeds in the past have not been broadcast live.
“The court anticipates providing a live audio feed of these arguments to news media. Details will be shared as they become available,” Arberg said in a statement.
The court will hear arguments on May 4, 5, 6, 11, 12 and 13. It did not announce the dates for the individual cases. - Reuters