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H.R. 6642 (116th): Court Access Amid the Pandemic Act

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Should all federal courts have to livestream their arguments during this period — and perhaps beyond?


The Supreme Court held its first-ever oral arguments by phone in early May. The unusual hearing received mixed reviews from Court analysts and even included an audible toilet flushing in one justice’s home.

The Supreme Court traditionally waits to publicly release audio of their oral arguments until the following Friday. And even that’s speedier than their pre-2010 practice of releasing audio from an entire year in bulk every autumn. Yet the phone arguments were livestreamed for the first time in the Supreme Court’s history.

At least nine of the 13 federal appeals courts have livestreamed oral arguments during the pandemic. So some are asking: during the pandemic, why not make that ...

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Mike Quigley

Sponsor. Representative for Illinois's 5th congressional district. Democrat.

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Last Updated: Apr 28, 2020
Length: 4 pages
Apr 28, 2020
116th Congress (2019–2021)
Died in a previous Congress

This bill was introduced on April 28, 2020, in a previous session of Congress, but it did not receive a vote.


2 Cosponsors (2 Democrats)



Apr 28, 2020

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H.R. 6642 (116th) was a bill in the United States Congress.

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Bills numbers restart every two years. That means there are other bills with the number H.R. 6642. This is the one from the 116th Congress.

This bill was introduced in the 116th Congress, which met from Jan 3, 2019 to Jan 3, 2021. Legislation not passed by the end of a Congress is cleared from the books.

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