NEWS MEDIA UPDATE · U.S. SUPREME COURT · Secret Courts · Sep. 14, 2006
Supreme Court will post same-day transcripts online
Sep. 14, 2006 · The U.S. Supreme Court announced today it will make transcripts of oral arguments available to the public for free online the same day they are heard in court.
Beginning with the October term of the Supreme Court, anyone with Internet access will be able to read what was said in the court that day. The Supreme Court will be posting transcripts of its oral arguments online every day, available free of charge, at www.supremecourtus.gov.
In recent years, the court had been making transcripts available on its Web site approximately two weeks after the end of an argument. They could be obtained earlier only by making arrangements in advance and paying a fee.
Now members of the public will be able to access transcripts on the same day of argument by clicking on the “Oral Arguments” prompt on the home page of the court’s Web site and then selecting “Argument Transcripts.”
The court used to send audio recordings off-site to be transcribed. Under the new system, the court will use a court reporter and high-speed technology to produce the transcripts.