While much of society was brought to a halt by the COVID-19 pandemic beginning in March, justice never sleeps. This meant the Supreme Court of California needed to find a way to keep court in session safely.
Called the “court of last resort” because its decisions are binding over all other courts in the state, the Supreme Court of California is the state's highest court.
Conducting regular sessions in San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Sacramento, the Supreme Court of California receives thousands of requests annually to review legal matters—so many that the justices spend a substantial amount of time just deciding which cases should be reviewed.
Rather than delay any scheduled arguments, the Supreme Court of California decided to invest in a video conferencing solution to hear arguments over. They required a simple and secure solution to allow justices and lawyers to participate remotely or from the courtroom. After looking into options, the verdict was in—BlueJeans is the choice for the Supreme Court of California!
For the first time ever, Supreme Court of California is now performing oral arguments remotely over video conferencing, rather than in person, and they’re using BlueJeans Meetings to do it.
The unprecedented hearing was a success, with three of the seven justices and all of the lawyers in the case participating by videoconferencing. Thanks to the Court’s IT team, arguments went smoothly while adhering to the states lockdown shelter-in-place orders.
Supreme Court arguments were already being webcast live in the court room and then archived online—now they’re able to recorded live over BlueJeans and then archived.