U.S. ap­peals court in Philadel­phia to post video of ar­gu­ments

The Reporter (Lansdale, PA) - - LOCAL NEWS -

PHILADEL­PHIA >> The fed­eral ap­peals court in Philadel­phia will soon be­gin post­ing video record­ings of oral ar­gu­ments on its web­site.

Chief Judge D. Brooks Smith of the 3rd U.S. Cir­cuit Court of Ap­peals said Fri­day 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.

The 3rd Cir­cuit con­sid­ers ap­peals from fed­eral courts in Penn­syl­va­nia, New Jer­sey, Delaware and the U.S. Vir­gin Is­lands and fed­eral agen­cies.

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