The Supreme Court announced on Wednesday that it will hold in person oral arguments again in 2021 after months of remote gatherings.
“The announcement said attendance for in-person oral arguments would be limited to the justices, essential court staff, counsel in each case, and journalists with full-time press credentials issued by the Supreme Court. The high court remains closed to the public,” according to the Washington Examiner.
“The announcement added the court anticipates it will continue to stream live audio feed of oral arguments for those unable to attend,” the report added.
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“Five of the nine Supreme Court Justices — all but justices Elena Kagan, Neil Gorsuch, Brett Kavanaugh and Amy Coney Barrett — are over the age of 65, putting them generally at a higher risk of serious complications or death from the virus according to the CDC,” according to Politico.
Justice Barrett, the newest addition to the court, has yet to meet in person with her fellow justices due to the pandemic.
“In the term that began in October 2020, the court heard all of its arguments remotely. During the justices’ absence from the courtroom, they heard a total of 68 arguments by phone,” Newsmax reported.
“The court announced in early March that all the justices had been vaccinated and they resumed holding their private conferences in person,” it added.
The in person format will likely bring a return of the lively discussion previously known among the justices, just in time for a fresh round of controversies facing the court in fall 2021.