U.S. Supreme Court to hear oral arguments remotely for the first time, the public can “listen”

For the first time in history, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments remotely over the next two weeks, according tomedia CNET. Because of the new corona virus pandemic, the court will debate a small number of cases by teleconference starting Monday, and will broadcast live audio, opening up the experience that is usually reserved for those who wait in line to grab seats in court.

The court will debate 10 cases by teleconference in the first two weeks of May. The case is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. EST and audio will be available on C-SPAN and other media platforms.

Monday’s first case involved a dispute between the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and Booking.com over the online booking company’s bid for trademark rights to the name. Other cases planned for remote hearings include President Trump’s financial record and a legal battle over birth control under the Affordable Care Act.

COVID-19, a respiratory disease caused by the new coronavirus, is spreading rapidly worldwide. There are now more than 3.5 million new crown-confirmed cases worldwide, and as of the time of writing, there were more than 1.17 million confirmed cases in the United States.