Cameras in the Courtroom

Chief Justice O’Connor has consistently championed the importance of openness and access to our courts. The public trust and confidence in the judicial branch depends on the public being able to see judges at work. Cameras in the courtrooms are the eyes and ears of the public: Often the only means to ensure access. Nowhere is this truer than the U.S. Supreme Court. Chief Justice O’Connor has advocated that the U.S. Supreme Court allow cameras in its courtroom in op-ed pieces and on national forums. This lack of cameras and the resulting lack of knowledge of how the Supreme Court operates when hearing oral argument only engender ridicule and disrespect for the judicial institution.

Los Angeles Times Opinion/Op-Ed - Lights, Camera, Supreme Court: It's About Time - (December 20, 2013)

National Press Club Panel: Supreme Court Transparency - (October 25, 2013)

The Washington Post Letter to the Editor - Cameras Do Belong in the Courtroom - (July 18, 2013)

The Columbus Dispatch - Maureen O'Connor Commentary: U.S. Supreme Court Should Allow Cameras - (April 7, 2013)