Court docket will resume opinion bulletins from the bench, however gained’t present reside audio

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The Supreme Court docket will resume its pre-pandemic apply of saying opinions from the bench, the courtroom’s Public Info Workplace stated on Monday afternoon. However though the justices now present reside audio of oral arguments, the opinion bulletins is not going to be livestreamed. As an alternative, according to the courtroom’s pre-pandemic apply, the audio of opinion bulletins is not going to be accessible till the start of the next time period.

The resumption of in-person opinion bulletins marks one other step within the courtroom’s gradual return to enterprise as traditional because the begin of the COVID-19 pandemic in March 2020. The courtroom closed to the general public on March 12, 2020; later that month, the justices started to launch opinions on-line, with out taking the bench. And though they returned to the courtroom, with entry restricted to a small group of reporters and regulation clerks, in October 2021, they continued to launch opinions electronically all through the 2021-22 time period.

For the reason that begin of the 2022-23 time period in October, members of the general public have been permitted to attend oral arguments. The courtroom continued its pandemic apply of offering reside audio of oral arguments – a departure from its prior apply of releasing argument audio solely on the finish of the week. Audio of opinion bulletins, nonetheless, will solely be accessible initially of the next time period, when the courtroom releases it to the Nationwide Archives.

The Supreme Court docket has not but launched any opinions within the circumstances argued within the 2022-23 time period. The courtroom will not be scheduled to take the bench once more till January 2023.

This text was initially printed at Howe on the Court docket.

Originally posted 2023-03-20 10:16:27.