The Supreme Court today announced that its two May oral argument sessions (May is the only month with two different argument calendars) will be remote, as was the April calendar.

Merrill Balassone’s California Courts news release says “[t]he court will be upgrading courtroom technology that will enhance its livestreaming capabilities and facilitate remote appearances by counsel.” The last-minute switch to remote hearings last week were attributed to “technical issues in the court’s San Francisco courtroom arising out of a recent weather-related power outage.”

Tech issues are also keeping the court from its routine (“routine” pre-pandemic, that is) argument sessions in Los Angeles and Sacramento. (See: Homebodies . . . at least for a while longer.)