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.

We do not yet know how October Term 2020 will be conducted or what the future holds, but it is worth noting various options and possibilities.

If there is live access

In May 2020, I found C-SPAN to be the most reliable stream, and it also offered images of the speaker.  Scotusblog.org hosted the C-SPAN feed and offered a live-blog. I will update this page and the front blog when there is news about fall 2020.

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.

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.