Sending Office: Honorable Mike Quigley
COURT ACCESS AMID THE PANDEMIC ACT
Sponsored by Rep. Quigley (D-IL)
Endorsed by Fix the Courts, Open the Government, Project on Government Oversight, Demand Progress, and R Street
Will introduce on Tuesday, April 28th
A bill to preserve and promote access to court proceedings during the COVID-19 pandemic
I invite you to cosponsor the Court Access Amid the Pandemic Act, which would authorize video teleconferencing and telephone conferencing of judicial proceedings during the COVID-19 emergency period. As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, federal courts across
the country have changed their daily operations to work remotely in order to protect the wellbeing of the Justices, court staff, and the public from being exposed to the virus. This bill promotes access to these proceedings during the pandemic while we are
advised to not meet in person.
Specifically, this bill:
- Requires any arguments heard in a circuit court via audio or videoconference to be livestreamed to the public.
- Expands on the CARES Act section on audio/videoconferencing trial court proceedings to open them up to the media either by livestream on the court’s website or by coordinating with a third party to provide the livestream.
We are living in unprecedented times, and we need to do everything we can to ensure press and public access to judicial proceedings during this ongoing outbreak. If you have any questions or would like to cosponsor this bill, please email
Hannah.Mansbach@mail.house.gov on my staff.
Member of Congress
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