Monday, July 10, 2017

All but one federal circuits now post argument audios

On the appellate-tech front, see Do you Hear What I Hear? 11th Circuit Post Argument Audio, which begins:
The federal appeals court for the Southeast has started posting audio recordings of oral arguments on its website.
The move, prompted by a request from a nonprofit that disseminates legal information, brings the Atlanta-based U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit up to date with all but one of the federal circuit courts around the country. Only the Denver-based Tenth Circuit does not make argument recordings available on its website, while on the other end of the spectrum, the San Francisco-based Ninth Circuit livestreams video of many of its arguments.
The court considered putting recordings from past arguments online, but that would have been too costly, so the court started posting arguments from April 1 onward. 
At the Tenth Circuit, Clerk of Court Betsy Shumaker said anyone can get access to recordings by filing a motion requesting one—an email is sufficient, she said—and news media frequently use that process.
Speaking of the Circuit Courts of Appeals, the Wall St. Journal reports this morning that Judge Janice Rogers Brown has tendered a retirement letter. [7/11 update: official announcement here. She will not be taking senior status.]