Courts And Community: Live-Streaming Of Oral Arguments

Nov 11, 2019

The Arkansas Supreme Court began live-streaming its oral arguments in 2010 with the goal of giving citizens better access to the courts and the judicial process. When the Supreme Court is hearing a case, anyone with an internet connection can watch the proceedings live.

The public can also come to the Justice Building and watch any oral argument in-person in the Supreme Court courtroom.

Oral argument provides an opportunity for the legal teams on both sides to speak in front of the justices and answer their questions.

A decision is not made on the day of oral argument. Instead, the justices deliberate and majority and minority opinions are written. With seven members on the Arkansas Supreme Court, a concurrence of at least four justices is required for decisions in all cases. Live streaming and an archive of oral arguments can be accessed at arcourts.gov.