Federal appeals court to live stream proceedings

A federal appeals court that meets in San Francisco and other Western cities will soon stream some hearings live over the Internet, the court announced Monday.

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said it plans to broadcast its en banc proceedings starting with five cases scheduled for oral arguments from Dec. 9-11. It is believed to be the first time a federal appellate court will broadcast live video of a proceeding, said court spokesman David Madden.

An en banc court is used to resolve legal conflicts between 9th Circuit judges that are deemed of great importance. The court hears about 20 such cases a year.

The court currently posts video of en banc proceedings online after the hearing.

It is also one of only two federal appellate courts to allow news cameras in the courtroom, according to Madden.

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