Supreme Court will conduct hearings via telephone next month

by Daniel Payne · Apr 13th, 2020 1:25 pm

Last Updated Apr 13th, 2020 at 4:41 pm

The Supreme Court will hold case hearings via telephone in May in an effort to allow the country's judicial wheels to continue turning while still maintaining appropriate social distancing rules during the coronavirus outbreak.

This will be the first time in the court's more-than-230-year history that cases will have been heard remotely. The justices will be reviewing 10 suits that were previously postponed indefinitely as the coronavirus began to spread in the U.S.

COVID-19 has been shown to disproportionately affect older individuals. The youngest sitting justice, Neil Gorsuch, is 52. Four other justices are aged 70 years or older, while the oldest, Ruth Ginsburg, is 87.


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