Federal appeals court to live stream proceedings

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A federal appeals court that meets in San Francisco and other Western cities will soon stream some of its hearings live over the Internet.

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said on Monday that it plans to broadcast its en banc proceedings starting with five cases between December 9 and 11.

An en banc court is used to resolve legal conflicts between 9th circuit judges that are deemed of great importance. The court hears about 20 such cases a year.

9th Circuit spokesman David Madden said it is believed to be the first time a federal appellate court will broadcast live video of a proceeding.

The court currently posts video of en banc proceedings online after the hearing.