TITLE: Oyez: U.S. Supreme Court Multimedia

Access: http://www.oyez.org/oyez/frontpage

In old English judicial practice, "Oyez!" meant, "Hear ye!" Today, when the United States Supreme Court meets in public session, the arrival of the Justices is announced by the Supreme Court Marshall, who cries "Oyez! Oyez! Oyez! All persons having business before the Honorable, the Supreme Court of the United States, are admonished to draw near and give their attention, for the Court is now sitting. God save the United States and this Honorable Court!"

Oyez is a site that allows the public to hear audio recordings of all Supreme Court oral arguments from 1995, as well as earlier selected recordings and the Marshall's announcement. This is as close as most of

us will ever get to these proceedings since the Supreme Court refuses to allow its proceedings to be televised. Oyez was created at Northwestern University in 1996.

Users may hear oral arguments on Oyez within days of their occurrence, using a downloaded audio player, such as RealAudio. The site always features a notable recent argument and includes a listing of the most recent audio, as well as the most popular selections, under "More Featured Audio." Users may click on "Cases" to find abstracts of Supreme Court decisions by subject. Oyez also offers a search box at the top to find case abstracts, information about Supreme Court Justices and advocates, Court news, and other information at the site.

Oyez is generally easy to use. The "About Oyez" link hidden at the bottom of the page includes a helpful FAQ and other site features. Oyez is fairly current as well; users can locate abstracts on recent Supreme Court events under "On This Day."

Oyez includes many other resources too numerous to describe here, but a few features worth mentioning include a list of cases scheduled for oral argument on "The Pending Docket," a virtual tour of the Supreme Court building, the Oyez iCalendar, which contains important dates for the Court's current or most recent session, and Oyez Baseball, which draws amusing connections between the Supreme Court and baseball. It also prominently displays the Oyez Bookstore, which offers users the opportunity to purchase books related to the Supreme Court via Amazon.com. Law students and others looking for information on the Supreme Court will find Oyez a useful resource.

Susan Lewis-Somers
American University, Washington College of Law Library
slewis@wcl.american.edu


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