The Federal Circuit is moving public access to audio of its oral argument sessions from a dial-in line to livestreaming on YouTube.
One of the three panels scheduled for each day of the March sitting—which starts March 1—will be streamed online, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit announced. The court plans to have all of the oral arguments on its YouTube channel starting in April.
Although YouTube is known for being a video platform, only the audio will be streamed. The court has been providing audio access to arguments since its courthouse closed to the public in March 2020 in response to the Covid-19 pandemic.
The move will reduce operating costs for the court, increase capacity for members of the public and press who want to listen in, and make it easier for users to join. Callers have been turned away from a few of the court’s sessions in the past year when the conference lines were full.