U.S. Supreme Court to return with in-person arguments

U.S. Supreme Court to return with in-person arguments

The Supreme Court is returning to the physical court in October where they will hold the first in-person arguments since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

On Wednesday, the highest court announced the return which will be limited to “Justices, essential Court personnel, counsel in the scheduled cases, and journalists.” The sessions will not be open to the public “out of concern for the health and safety” of everyone involved. 

“The Court will continue to closely monitor public health guidance in determining plans,” the announcement read. 

Live audio feed will still be provided for October, November and December arguments. 

The Supreme Court building will remain open for official business but will be closed to the public indefinitely. 

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The Supreme Court has not met in person since March 2020.
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October’s sessions mark the first time the Court has gathered in-person since March 2020. The coronavirus pandemic forced the Court to hear arguments virtually through teleconferences, making it difficult for justices to jump in at any time during questioning. 

The new term, which will hear arguments through April, will begin Monday, Oct. 4. 

This fall, the court is expected to face several challenging rulings pertaining to Roe V. Wade and Second Amendment gun rights. However, they will begin the session with arguments for a water-rights dispute in Mississippi v. Tennessee. 

Wednesday’s announcement did not detail the Court’s in-person plans past December.

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