Supreme Court hears oral arguments by teleconference for first time – 5/4 (FULL LIVE STREAM)

The Supreme Court will hear oral arguments for a patent case — U.S. Patent and Trademark Office v. — over a teleconference line on May 4. The coronavirus pandemic has forced arguments to take place remotely for the first time in the court’s history.

What might sound like a simple technological advance to the rest of the world marks a stunning change at the Supreme Court, where cameras are not allowed and justices have resisted repeated calls for live audio of oral arguments.

The sessions are the only times the justices discuss cases in public, and those who want to hear them in real time must vie for one of a coveted few spots in the courtroom. Members of the public often camp out for days to attend oral arguments in major cases. Read more: SPECIAL OFFER: To thank you for your support, here’s a deal on a Washington Post digital subscription: $29 for one year

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