Law School Offers Web Broadcasts of Oral Arguments


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 and Tuesday, May 4 and 5, and Thursday and Friday, May 7 and 8, 2009.

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.

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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