It’s an important move for the Fourth Circuit. The Richmond, Virginia-based court typically posts audio of arguments a day or two after they occur, but has never allowed a live broadcast. The court has been mulling the choice, weighing the technological needs and whether it could have any undue effect on the legal process.
The decision follows the success of the Ninth Circuit’s livestream of oral arguments in Trump’s first travel ban executive order, which enjoyed an unusually large audience. It also spurred excitement from the legal community.