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For Immediate Release For Further Information Contact:
September 28, 2004 Kathleen L. Arberg
Phone:  (202) 479-3211

Oral Argument Transcripts

Beginning with the October Term 2004, the official transcripts of oral arguments will identify the Justices who ask questions during courtroom sessions. The change in practice is being made in the interest of the accuracy and completeness of the transcripts for reporting, research and archival purposes.

Since 1968, when transcripts were first provided on a regular basis for the Court by private reporting companies, transcripts have identified a question from the Bench not by the justice but by using the word 'Question.'

Prior to 1968, official transcripts were not prepared for the Court on a regular basis. Counsel who wished to have transcripts could make arrangements directly with private shorthand reporters, who often included the Justices' names. These occasional transcripts date back to 1935 and are available in the Court's Library.

Transcripts of oral arguments are available on the Court's website,, 10-15 days after the transcripts are complete. Transcripts are also available in the Court's Library approximately 7-10 days after oral argument. Transcripts may be purchased at any time after oral argument directly from Alderson Reporting Service, including on an expedited, same-day basis if arrangements are made prior to oral argument.



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