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State Supreme Court to hear oral arguments through video conference

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Posted at 12:21 PM, Apr 29, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-29 13:21:32-04

The Louisiana Supreme Court announced on Wednesday that it would hold oral argument utilizing video conferencing technology for the first time in its more than 200-year history when it hears pending matters June 8 - 9.

According to a release, the court’s seven justices will conduct oral arguments via video with the attorneys arguing the matters before the state’s high court.

Since the start of the social and physical distancing mandate in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Louisiana Supreme Court and courts throughout the state have worked to balance the safety of Louisiana’s citizens while maintaining access to the justice system, the release states.

The court states that though it has live-streamed oral arguments since January 2007, this is the first time attorneys will argue cases before the justices via video conferencing.

This historically unprecedented move is reflected on the Supreme Court's June docket, which directs attorneys to join the online conferencing 30 minutes prior to the start of oral argument.

During sitting weeks, the Supreme Court live-streams oral arguments via the court’s website, www.lasc.org. The oral arguments set for June 8-9 will also be broadcast via the Court’s livestream at https://livestream.lasc.org.

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