Online Access

In March 2020, the Court postponed oral arguments due to the pandemic, noting that doing so was “not unprecedented. The Court postponed scheduled arguments for October 1918 in response to the Spanish flu epidemic. The Court also shortened its argument calendars in August 1793 and August 1798 in response to yellow fever outbreaks.”

Two months later, we had unprecedented arguments — via telephone, following a different model, and available to the public to listen in live.

The Court has announced that it will use the same system and method for arguments and press/public access, at least for the October 2020 arguments.

To listen in live

C-SPAN appears to be the most reliable stream.  Also, Scotusblog.org occasionally hosts the C-SPAN feed along with its own live-blog of some cases (for others, they just link to c-span).

Arguments begin at 10am Eastern.  Last spring, it was necessary to follow a different link for the first and second arguments. And the second argument often did not start until significantly later than 11:00.  (There are always preliminary matters at 10, so the second argument always starts a bit after 11. But during telephone arguments, the Chief was allowing parties and Justices to take much more time than usual.)

Later access

Regardless of live streaming, there are various ways to take in the arguments after they are completed.

From the Court’s website, you can get transcripts the same day as the arguments and the audio is released that Friday (although they seem to be releasing audio even faster this term).

In addition, on Oyez you can get transcript-synchronized audio (the transcript scrolls and highlights automatically as you listen). It’s a great service. Scroll to the bottom of the page to see the latest; go to the case page then click the link in the left column. It takes a little while for these to be available after the audio release, but they seem to be fairly quick.