It's time for cameras in the Supreme Court
Dear Chief Justice John Roberts,
The Supreme Court's decisions impact the lives of Americans everywhere.
Unfortunately, only a privileged few get to witness history and see justice in action by attending oral arguments.
Leaders of both parties, joined by a large majority of Americans, support an alternative – allowing cameras in the Supreme Court.
State and federal courts allow cameras in the interest of transparency and giving the people access to their government. We urge the nation's top court do the same.
I hope you will heed our call for a more open judiciary and make the Court more accessible to every American by allowing cameras to broadcast oral arguments. Additional exposure to the high quality of the debates that takes place daily before the Supreme Court can only enhance the Court's stature and the public's knowledge, understanding and esteem for the Court.
Why do we need cameras in the Supreme Court?
April 17, 2014: Today, nine versions of a letter from the Coalition for Court Transparency - one addressed to each Justice - arrived at the Supreme Court. The Coalition urges the justices to make the live audio feed of oral arguments publicly accessible for the first time.
March 20, 2014: The Coalition for Court Transparency marked the 50th anniversary of the momentous press freedom case New York Times Co. v. Sullivan by sending a letter directly to U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts urging him to take another historic action on behalf of press freedom – allowing for video broadcast of hearings at the High Court.
Click here to see a list of organizations in the Coalition for Court Transparency.