Earlier this month, U.S. Supreme Court justices resumed in-person conferences.  California’s Supreme Court is not yet ready to follow that precedent.

Judicial Council spokesperson Cathal Conneely told At The Lectern, “Currently, the court’s telework policy remains in effect until July 12, 2021, and Wednesday Conferences will continue with remote participation by the justices.”

Conneely also said “no changes have been proposed” for how oral arguments will be conducted through the end of the term in June.  Attorneys started arguing remotely last April, with four justices in the courtroom.  (See here.)  By June, all of the justices were hearing arguments remotely.  (See here.)

The U.S. Supreme Court, too, is not returning to the courtroom yet, at least not for its April arguments.


Oral arguments will be remote for at least the rest of [2020], and none outside San Francisco until at least November 2021

Pardon the interruption: less question-free argument time coming

At least two justices will participate remotely for April arguments; 5 minutes of uninterrupted argument time

The Supreme Court’s social distancing:  oral arguments only in SF and only remotely