Each year while 1Ls are preparing for Moot Court we try to provide a series of posts that highlight relevant resources, some print, some online. This post will point Moot Court students to online examples of oral argument. The best way to use these resources is to find a relevant case from one of the courts, then, using the case information (case name, docket number) locate the audio of the argument. The Massachusetts site provides video of the arguments. You can see the original post about the Massachusetts site here. Caveat - access to audio and video of oral arguments is a relatively recent development. Not all arguments for every case can be accessed.
· United States Supreme Court:
o Oyez Project – A “multimedia archive devoted to the Supreme Court of the United States and its work. It aims to be a complete and authoritative source for all audio recorded in the Court since the installation of a recording system in October 1955. Available at: http://www.oyez.org/
· U.S. Courts of Appeals (audio only):
o First Circuit, available at: http://www.ca1.uscourts.gov/
o Fifth Circuit, available at: http://www.ca5.uscourts.gov/OralArgumentRecordings.aspx
o Seventh Circuit, available at: http://www.ca7.uscourts.gov/fdocs/docs.fwx?dname=arg
o Eighth Circuit, available at: http://www.ca8.uscourts.gov/oralargs/oaFrame.html
o Ninth Circuit, available at: http://www.ca9.uscourts.gov/media/
· State Appellate Courts:
o Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, available at: http://www.suffolk.edu/sjc/
o New York Court of Appeals, available at http://www.nycourts.gov/ctapps/OA-Archives.htm
o New Jersey Supreme Court, available at: http://www.judiciary.state.nj.us/webcast/
As always, if you can’t find what you need, come by the Reference Desk. We will probably be able to help.