(JustPatriots.com)- If you’ve ever wanted to sit in and watch a Supreme Court hearing, then you’re in luck! Last month, the Senate Judiciary Committee approved bipartisan legislation that would require the Supreme Court to televise opinion announcements and oral arguments, unless the court decides through a majority vote that televising the case would be a violation of the due rights of one or more parties involved in the case.
It means that a huge number of interesting cases will be available for the world to see on television or online…assuming the bills pass votes on the Senate floor.
The committee voted in favor of the bills in a 15-7 vote, with four Republicans getting behind the legislation.
The Supreme Court has long held that cameras should not be allowed in the courtroom – a tradition that is still in place in the United Kingdom, where court hearings cannot be photographed or recorded.
For now, Supreme Court rulings are only announced in statements issued to the press. Journalists literally wait outside the Supreme Court building to hear about rulings, before issuing the news to their respective networks.
For many years, legislators have tried to pass legislation that changes the way the Supreme Court works. Efforts to make the Supreme Court more accessible go all the way back to 1937 – meaning if this finally passes the Senate, it will be a truly historic day.
Some Republicans appear to be behind the plan. Republican Senator Chuck Grassley of Iowa said that he has been trying for years to get it done, and he hopes that “now the time has arrived.”
However, some Republicans are strongly against it, including lawyer Ted Cruz. The Texas Senator said that while there are some benefits, the cameras could “overly politicize” the High Court and lawyers on both sides could end up behaving differently.
What do you think? Is it time to open up the Supreme Court for everyone to see?