Public health concerns related to COVID-19 continue to alter the Supreme Court’s practices. At Bloomberg Law, Kimberly Robinson reports that yesterday “[t]he U.S. Supreme Court joined the chorus of federal courts across the country trying to reduce paper filings amid the coronavirus outbreak,” suspending some of its filing requirements for cert-stage briefs and stating that some routine motions should be filed electronically. At Reason’s Volokh Conspiracy blog (via How Appealing), Josh Blackman argues that “[t]this policy should be the new normal.” At Dorf on Law, Michael Dorf predicts that “[o]ne technology the justices are unlikely to embrace is live or even recorded video,” because of their “camera-phobia.”

Briefly:

  • Katie Bart looks at the business of line-standing in the public line to attend Supreme Court arguments for this blog, noting that “[a]lthough attorneys appear to be obeying the prohibition against line-standers in the Supreme Court bar line, it is common practice to ignore the court’s request not to save places in the public lines.”
  • At the Volokh Conspiracy (via How Appealing), Orin Kerr urges the court to review Van Buren v. United States and “resolve the longstanding circuit split on the meaning of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, the federal unauthorized access statute.”

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