Posted Aug 26, 2011 11:34 am CDT
The Iowa Supreme Court began streaming its oral arguments live yesterday as part of a campaign to make courts there more accessible.
The live broadcast is an Iowa first, report the Des Moines Register and KIMT.com. The sessions will also be recorded for those who want to view them later online. About 100 people at a time will be able to view the online proceedings.
Meanwhile the U.S. District Court in Davenport will allow cameras to record a civil trial for the first time on Monday, the Register says. The court is participating in a pilot project involving 14 district courts around the country. The project, approved last September, is limited to civil proceedings in which all the parties consent, according to a press release.