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People Get Ready: 9th Circuit Notes for Perry v. Brown Hearing

By Robyn Hagan Cain on December 01, 2011 | Last updated on March 21, 2019

The Ninth Circuit published a laundry list of announcements this week to prepare the masses for next week's Perry v. Brown Prop 8 hearing on Dec. 8.

The proceedings will be videotaped for broadcast by C-SPAN and NBC-7 San Diego. If watching the coverage on television isn't enough to satisfy your legal curiosity, here's what you need to know about going to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals to view all the action in person.

  1. The hearing will begin Thursday, December 8, 2011 at 2:30 p.m. (PST) in Courtroom One on the third floor of the James R. Browning U.S. Courthouse in San Francisco.
  2. Circuit Judges Stephen Reinhardt of Los Angeles and N. Randy Smith of Pocatello, Idaho, and Senior Circuit Judge Michael Daly Hawkins of Phoenix will hear the arguments.
  3. Seating is limited, and first-come, first-served. The courtroom will open for seating at 1:30. There will be overflow locations within the courthouse. There will also be live feed remote viewing available at the Richard H. Chambers Courthouse in Pasadena, Calif., U.S. Pioneer Courthouse in Portland, Ore., and the William K. Nakamura Courthouse in Seattle, Wash.
  4. The court will hear arguments regarding the public release of videotapes and judicial disqualification in the Perry v. Hollingsworth trial. The court will not hear further arguments regarding the constitutionality of Prop 8.
  5. Electronic devices (i.e., phones and laptops) are permitted in the courtroom, but recording and transmission is prohibited. Courtroom One does not have Wi-Fi, but 3G connections have worked in the room in the past.

After the hearings, be sure to check FindLaw's Ninth Circuit blog for coverage of the Prop 8 hearing.

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