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Friday, April 18, 2014

Court of Appeals to provide live audio streaming for proceedings

SAN FRANCISCO—The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit plans to offer live audio streaming of all of its proceedings, beginning with oral arguments scheduled for Jan. 6-9, 2014, at the Richard H. Chambers U.S. Courthouse in Pasadena, California.

Internet users can listen to the proceedings online by visiting www.ca9.uscourts.gov and clicking on links listed under "Live Oral Arguments."

Live audio streaming also will be provided for future oral arguments at the James R. Browning U.S. Courthouse in San Francisco, the William K. Nakamura U.S. Courthouse in Seattle, and the Pioneer Courthouse in Portland, Oregon. Hearing dates and other docket information are available at http://www.ca9.uscourts.gov/calendar/.

The court has provided public access to digital audio recordings of all oral arguments heard at all locations since 2003. Digital video recordings of 11-judge en banc courts and some three-judge panels have been available since 2010. Digital audio and video files will continue to be stored online at http://www.ca9.uscourts.gov/media/.

Considered a leader in the use of technology to increase public access, the court earlier this month became the first federal appellate court to use its own resources to provide live video streaming of oral arguments. The court offered online viewing of five en banc proceedings held Dec. 7-9, 2013, in San Francisco.

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals hears appeals of cases decided by executive branch agencies and federal trial courts in nine western states and two Pacific Island jurisdictions. The court normally meets monthly in Seattle, San Francisco and Pasadena, California; every other month in Portland, Oregon; three times per year in Honolulu, Hawaii; and twice a year in Anchorage, Alaska. (U.S. Courts for the Ninth Circuit)

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