Advocating for a more open and accountable 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.
How could the Supreme Court be more transparent?
What the justices have said about cameras in the Court may surprise you
Why do we need cameras in the Supreme Court?
January 28, 2015: CCT Requests Live Broadcast Of Same-Sex Marriage Cases In Letter To Chief Justice Roberts
Read the letter »
December 3, 2014: CCT Statement on House Judiciary Subcommittee hearing on H.R. 917, the Sunshine in the Courtroom Act of 2013
Read the release »
October 23, 2014: Coalition Publishes Guide to Media Policies in Federal Appeals Courts, Template Letter to Help Reporters and Citizens Request Live Audio
Appeals courts' contacts & media policies
September 15, 2014 (updated October 2): Radio News Directors Join Coalition to Call for Uniform Media Policies in Federal Courts of Appeals
As the judicial branch's policy-making body meets in Washington, judges are asked to implement same-day audio in appeals courts.
September 3, 2014: New Coalition Poll Finds Live Video, Live Audio, Online Disclosures at Supreme Court All Favored by Wide Majority of Americans
In surveying 1,000 likely voters, McLaughlin & Associates - on behalf of the CCT - found broad support for reform to media, ethics policies across ideological, demographic lines.
September 2, 2014: Coalition Applauds Video Live-Stream of 2nd Circ. Hearing
July 22, 2014: Coalition Releases End-of-Term Report on Transparency at SCOTUS, Gives Recommendations for Improved Openness
Report highlights successes from this term and discusses strategies for future terms on cameras, live audio, financial disclosures and ways to demystify recusals, press credentialing and after-the-fact edits to opinions.
June 20, 2014: Coalition Obtains Paper Copies of Justices' 2013 Financial Disclosure Forms, Uploads Them to Scribd.com/OpenSCOTUS.
May 8, 2014: Coalition Calls On Supreme Court to Release Justices’ Annual Financial Disclosure Reports Online
The Coalition for Court Transparency called on the Supreme Court justices today to post their 2013 financial disclosure reports online, either on the Court’s website or on the website of the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts.
May 7, 2014: Americans Overwhelmingly Support Implementing Transparency Measures At The Supreme Court:
By wide margins, Americans of all political affiliations support policies that would make the U.S. Supreme Court more accessible and its justices more accountable, according to a poll released today.
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.