Beginning with next week’s oral arguments, the Supreme Court will be “using a new video conferencing service to support remote appearances during oral argument sessions,” Merrill Balassone reports in a California Courts news release.  “The court will use the Zoom for Government service for counsel who choose to appear remotely.” Until now, the court had used BlueJeans for remote arguments, but “Verizon announced they would discontinue the service by early 2024.”

The news release explains, “In choosing Zoom for Government, the court looked for ease of use, security, and accessibility, said California Supreme Court Clerk and Executive Officer Jorge E. Navarrete. While offering a similar experience as the commercial Zoom platform, Zoom for Government complies with federal government security standards and leverages U.S.-based cloud infrastructure, data centers, and personnel to manage the platform. It also includes in-meeting controls that help government users safeguard their meetings, and it provides accessibility features similar to the previous BlueJeans platform.”


Revised oral argument protocols