Monday, September 10, 2012

11th Circuit creeping into the tech era

We still aren't streaming video (like the 9th Circuit or the Florida Supreme Court) and we aren't making audio available the day after arguments (like the 5th Circuit), but it's a start:

Effective August 1st, the Eleventh Circuit rules provide that CD recordings of oral arguments may be purchased from the court. 

 IOP 16 following 11th Cir. R. 34-4 states:

16. CD Recordings of Oral Arguments. Oral argument is recorded for the
use of the court. Although the court is not in the court reporting or
audio recording business, copies of the court’s audio recordings of oral
arguments are available for purchase on CD upon payment of the fee
prescribed by the Judicial Conference of the United States in the Court of
Appeals Miscellaneous Fee Schedule issued pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1913,
payable to Clerk, U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit. CD recordings of
oral arguments are available for oral arguments held after August 1, 2012.
The court makes no representations about the quality of the CD recordings
or about how quickly they will become available. Oral argument recordings
are retained for a limited time by the court for its use and then the
recordings are destroyed.


Rumpole said...

What happened to the "Monday news and notes" headline? I miss it.

Anonymous said...

Nearly every other circuit posts oral arguments online for free. No other circuit uses the clunky, expensive system adopted by the 11th. This simply reflects how entrenched in secrecy the 11th is. Their CD-by-order program is outrageously expensive and is designed so that very few oral arguments ever get revealed. What are they afraid of -- one of their not-so-brilliant questions will be heard by the public? Or, their one-sided approach to most cases will be evaluated by the public for fairness? Or, that the the public will see that the actual facts of a case don't match up with the version that shows up in written opinions?

South Florida Lawyers said...

I miss CDs.

Anonymous said...

What are these CDs that you are talking about? I know my grandfather says he remembers when having a CD player and a carphone in a new car were all the rage, but I am not sure I know what one is?