SAN ANTONIO, TX – The St. Mary’s University School of Law is reporting that live video Webcasts of oral arguments before the Supreme Court of Texas in Austin will be available to the public for the first time when the court convenes on March 20, thanks to a collaboration between the law school and the state’s highest court.
The court’s live proceedings will be Webcast on the law school’s Web site, as well as being recorded and stored on the site for replay, and the entire project will be available for public viewing.
St. Mary’s quotes Texas chief justice Wallace B. Jefferson as saying, “Broadcasting these arguments over the Web will enable anyone, anywhere to see how an appellate court grapples with some of the toughest legal issues our state confronts. This represents not only a great service to lawyers around Texas, but an educational opportunity for law students, colleges, high schools, and the public at large.”
St. Mary’s recently finished a $1.6 million renovation of their law school’s courtroom, incorporating state-of-the-art technology and equipment, as well as supplying the Supreme Court of Texas with cameras, audio and video controls, and the personnel to operate the hardware, to monitor the live Internet stream, and to record court sessions. Five cameras were installed in the Austin courtroom, the lighting was upgraded to improve the video quality, and an adjacent office was converted into a video control room.