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Same-Day Supreme Court Transcripts

At I/P Updates, Bill Heinze reports news of a great leap forward for the Supreme Court's Web site. Beginning in October, the court will provide transcripts of oral arguments on its Web site the same day the case is argued. Until now, it took two weeks for the transcripts to appear online. Bill explains how it will work:

Transcripts can be located by clicking on the "Oral Arguments" prompt on the home page of the Court's Web site and selecting "Argument Transcripts." Transcripts will be listed by case name and the date of oral argument and are permanently archived beginning with the 2000 Term on the Court's Web site. Transcripts prior to the 2000 Term are maintained in the Court's Library.

Legal Times writer Tony Mauro says this news is more significant than it might at first appear:

The announcement may seem like a small step that falls well short of opening the Court to television or radio broadcasting. But at an institution that still hands out quill pens to lawyers who argue before it, the change is significant. And access advocates hope it signals a new climate of openness under new Chief Justice John Roberts Jr.

The court's official announcement is here.

Posted by Robert J. Ambrogi on September 15, 2006 at 04:18 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

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