Two Thirds of Americans Want Cameras in the Supreme Court

Two Thirds of Americans Want Cameras in the Supreme Court

( – In 1972, the Judicial Conference of the United States, a policymaker for the federal court system, adopted a rule against broadcasting or recording in open courtrooms. Since then, rules have somewhat relaxed, but the moratorium on live TV broadcasting remains in place. A recent poll shows that two-thirds of Americans would like to see that change.

C-SPAN and Pierrepont Analytics LLC asked respondents to give their opinion on federal courts and transparency. Of the 1,000 respondents, 84% said they believe the Supreme Court’s rulings impact their lives.

Nearly 3 out of 10 people feel the court could be more transparent. That might be why 64% of participants want Supreme Court hearings televised.

Poll results show the public largely thinks the court should be transparent. The United States Senate’s Judiciary Committee seemed to agree. A bill allowing cameras in the Supreme Court that would act as a kill switch for sensitive matters or to protect identities or national secrets made it through that panel in 2021 by an overwhelming bipartisan majority.

As of now, the Supreme Court does allow audio recordings of its oral arguments and rulings where possible. Interestingly, results proved that people over 50 are far less likely to listen to an oral argument than those under the same age.

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