Sep 8, 2021 - Politics & Policy

Supreme Court to hear in-person arguments this fall

SCOTUS building.
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The Supreme Court announced Wednesday that it would hear all oral arguments scheduled this fall from the courtroom.

Why it matters: The justices last sat together in session on March 9, 2020, when Ruth Bader Ginsburg was still on the court and conservatives held a narrow 5-4 majority.

  • Ginsburg's death in September 2020 led to a confirmation battle that ended with Justice Amy Coney Barrett on the court and gave conservatives a more significant 6-3 majority.

The big picture: The court sessions will not be open to the public. Access to the courtroom will be restricted to the justices, essential court personnel, counsel in the scheduled cases and journalists, per the release.

  • The court said it intends to provide a live audio feed of the oral arguments.
  • The court said it will continue to "monitor public health guidance in determining plans."

Flashback: The court announced in March that all nine justices had been fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

  • The justices have already returned to holding their private conferences in person.
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