Law School Offers Web Broadcasts of Oral Arguments

10/22/2008

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, in partnership with Suffolk University Law School, provides live Internet broadcasts of oral arguments before the court.

The next sessions to be broadcast will take place Monday, Nov. 3, through Thursday, Nov. 6, 2008.

The arguments may be viewed and heard online, where a schedule and brief case summaries also are available. 

“Educating the public about the role of the courts is an important mission of the Massachusetts judicial branch,” said Supreme Judicial Court Chief Justice Margaret H. Marshall.  “Webcasting of the court’s oral arguments enables people anywhere in the world with access to the Internet to witness the broad range of legal issues that come before the court and to learn how appellate work is conducted in Massachusetts.  It has been an enormously successful educational program because of its potential to reach so many people.” 

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court and Suffolk University established a pilot program in 2005 to provide attorneys, students, media, and the general public with live Internet broadcasts of oral arguments before the Supreme Judicial Court.

“Suffolk University Law School is honored to continue our partnership with the Supreme Judicial Court on this unique and purposeful program,” said Suffolk University Law School Dean Alfred C. Aman, Jr. “What intrigues me the most is that people of all ages and from all walks of life will have an opportunity to hear attorneys’ presentations and justices’ questions without setting foot in the courtroom.  This allows everyone to experience an important part of the appellate process firsthand and in a timely manner.”

The Law School will continue to broadcast the oral arguments before the court during the first full week of each month from September through May when the court is in session. The arguments are archived for easy access.

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