3rd Circuit Court of Appeals Will Begin Posting Video Recordings Of Oral Arguments Online
PHILADELPHIA — The federal appeals court in Philadelphia will soon begin posting video recordings of oral arguments on the court’s website — a decision that directly affects the territory, the Virgin Islands Free Press has learned.
Chief Judge D. Brooks Smith of the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said this past weekend the posting of video in cases of significant interest will make the judicial process more accessible and contribute to the civics education of the public.
The 9th U.S. Circuit, headquartered in San Francisco, is the only other federal appeals court currently posting videos of oral arguments.
Lawyers in each case will be asked to recommend whether they think a video should be made public. The final decision will rest with the judges.
The court expects to post videos by the day after arguments are heard.