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S. 780 (114th): Cameras in the Courtroom Act


The text of the bill below is as of Mar 18, 2015 (Introduced). The bill was not enacted into law.

Summary of this bill

The Supreme Court is (in)famously hesitant to join the age of modern technology. They began recording audio of their oral arguments in 1955, two or three decades after the widespread use of radio. Some of their justices were still using typewriters in 2004. Now the big issue is their refusal to film video of their oral arguments, 37 years after C-SPAN began broadcasting Congress on television.

S. 780 and H.R. 94, the Cameras in the Courtroom Act, would “permit the televising of Supreme Court proceedings.” It’s been introduced by Sen. Richard Durbin (D-IL) and Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-VA11). The co-sponsors have largely been Democrats, but one Republican …


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114th CONGRESS

1st Session

S. 780

IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

March 18, 2015

(for himself, Mr. Grassley, and Mr. Blumenthal) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary

A BILL

To permit the televising of Supreme Court proceedings.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Cameras in the Courtroom Act.

2.

Amendment to title 28

(a)

In general

Chapter 45 of title 28, United States Code, is amended by inserting at the end the following:

678.

Televising Supreme Court proceedings

The Supreme Court shall permit television coverage of all open sessions of the Court unless the Court decides, by a vote of the majority of justices, that allowing such coverage in a particular case would constitute a violation of the due process rights of 1 or more of the parties before the Court.

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(b)

Clerical amendment

The chapter analysis for chapter 45 of title 28, United States Code, is amended by inserting at the end the following:

678. Televising Supreme Court proceedings.

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