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The E. Barrett Prettyman U.S. Courthouse in Washington, D.C. The E. Barrett Prettyman U.S. Courthouse, home of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit and the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. The D.C. district court is one of the courts participating in the audio livestream pilot program. (Photo: Diego M. Radzinschi/ALM)

The federal judiciary announced Tuesday that 13 federal district courts will start livestreaming certain hearings in high-profile cases by February as part of a new pilot program.

The announcement comes as most federal courts are holding telephonic or videoconferences for cases during the pandemic, allowing members of the public to call into those hearings from wherever they’re located. Typically, only those in the courtroom or media rooms set up by the court could listen to the proceedings.

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Jacqueline Thomsen

Jacqueline Thomsen, based in Washington, is a reporter covering D.C. federal courts and the legal side of politics. Contact her at [email protected] and follow her on Twitter @jacq_thomsen.

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