Supreme Court Resumes With First-Ever Teleconference Hearings

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The United States Supreme Court will resume on Monday as it begins two weeks of oral arguments by teleconference for the first time in history.

The Court will allow live streaming of the hearings, according to a Supreme Court press release.

This will be the first time that the Court hears arguments via telephone hookup, instead of in person.

Monday's arguments will kick off with a somewhat obscure case about whether the travel website Booking.com can trademark its name, according to AP.

For many Americans, working by teleconference has become is the new normal as the world deals with social distancing amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

However, for the arguing counsel and justices, this is a new era, and will no doubt impact how lawyers prepare their cases.

Lisa Blatt, a veteran lawyer who will argue the first case, told CNN that she never thought this day would come, and joked to the outlet that the one thing she is worried about is whether or not her dog interrupts.

The justices will also break another tradition where they will let people all over the country listen to the cases in real-time.

This historic hearings begins on May 4 at 10:00 a.m. They will continue in five other argument sessions over the next two weeks that will also be held on May 5, 6, 11, 12 and 13.

The oral argument audio and transcript of the arguments will be posted on the Court’s website following the argument each day.

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