Sunshine Courts

The Supreme Court is arguably the least transparent, least accountable institution in our government today. Its justices are appointed for life, its decisions are debated behind closed doors and its one minimally public exercise, oral argument, is limited to the 250 or so individuals who already are in or can travel to D.C. At a time when people are demanding more accountability from government officials, particularly from an increasingly powerful judiciary, this lack of transparency has become more troubling.

This event discussed why the justices continue to resist entreaties to embrace the transparency modern technology allows and operate away from cameras and streaming audio. The panel also discussed ways the court could modernize – from improving its online presence to being more transparent regarding justices’ finances, health, public events and periodic recusals.

March 21, 2014