The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals will begin livestreaming audio of oral arguments, Chief Judge Merrick Garland announced Tuesday.
The federal appeals court voted to livestream the audio of oral arguments, and streaming of live audio will take place upon request. However, the panel of judges presiding over an individual case may choose not to livestream oral arguments in a case if there are concerns regarding confidentiality.
The public has been able to access audio recordings of oral arguments online since September 2013.
In October, the court decided it would allow audio of oral arguments to be livestreamed if the panel of judges presiding over the hearing voted to do so, according to the Washington Post. That month, the court streamed live audio of an oral argument in a case involving an illegal immigrant teenager who was seeking an abortion while she was in U.S. custody.
Now, with Garland’s announcement, the judges presiding over a case will no longer need to vote.
The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals currently live streams audio and video of oral arguments, and the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals allowed C-SPAN to stream live audio of oral arguments in a case challenging President Trump’s travel ban.
The Supreme Court, however, does not livestream cases. Audio recordings of oral arguments are released to the public at the end of each week of arguments.