Access to SCOTUS

September 28, 2009
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The Supreme Court of the United States of America will hold its opening conferences Tuesday. In honor of the beginning of a new year on the court and Justice Sonia Sotomayor joining, C-SPAN has created “Supreme Court Week” beginning Oct. 4 to educate the public about our justices and what they do.

The week kicks off with a documentary about the court, and it will also focus on the Supreme Court’s location. Viewers will be able to see the justices “Robing Room,” private dining room, and even some of the justices’ chambers.

Throughout the week, the station will air exclusive one-on-one interviews with the current justices and retired ones. C-SPAN also has dedicated a Web site to the Supreme Court, http://supremecourt.c-span.org.

According to C-SPAN, this is the first time so many justices have granted interviews for a television production.

With all the interest in Justice Sotomayor being confirmed, C-SPAN may garner more interest in its Supreme Court week than if we didn’t have a new justice.

For the general public (and even the legal community), this will be a great way to learn about our nation’s highest court, who the justices are, and what they do. Because of the nature of their jobs, we don’t know a lot about these justices as we do politicians, celebrities, and athletes because they don’t speak to the media very often. Now the court will become a little more accessible to everyone with C-SPAN or the Internet.

A complete TV schedule is listed on the C-SPAN site, along with videos, a virtual tour of the courthouse, and historical information about the court.
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