Court of Appeals Launches Live Video Streaming of Oral Arguments

June 12, 2014

On June 17 the District of Columbia Court of Appeals will take part in a pilot project where it will stream live video of an oral argument, marking the first time the court will offer coverage of cases using this technology.

The court will hear an adoption case during the living streaming event. At issue is the trial court’s decision to place two children in the permanent care of adoptive parents selected by the D.C. Child and Family Services Agency (CFSA). The appellants argue that the judge did not give due consideration to the adoption petition of the biological parents’ preferred caregiver.

This streaming event marks the beginning of what will be expanded coverage of the courts. “There are plans to video stream en banc arguments in the future,” Chief Judge Eric T. Washington said. “When resources are available for additional technology, we hope to expand that program to ‘non-en banc’ arguments of interest as well,” he added.
The oral argument will take place at the Historic Courthouse, Ceremonial Courtroom, 430 E Street NW. Watch the live video stream at 10 a.m. on June 17.