The Supreme Court will hold sessions via teleconference for the first time

Among other things, the judges will consider the issue of President Trump’s tax returns.

The US Supreme court said on Monday that in connection with the coronavirus pandemic, judges will hear arguments for the first time via teleconference. Among other things, the court will consider cases related to the issue of disclosure of tax returns and financial documents of President Donald Trump.

Next month, the court will hear 10 cases in remote mode in connection with recommendations in the field of public health against the background of the pandemic, said the official representative of the Supreme Court Kathy Erberg.

Historically, the Supreme Court has rarely resorted to new technologies. So, the arguments of the parties are still not recorded on video. Audio recordings were not previously broadcast in real-time. Now, according to Erberg, it is expected that media representatives will be able to listen to what is happening at the meeting.

The sessions will be held on May 4, 5, 6, 11, 12 and 13. The exact dates of consideration of specific cases are not specified.

The court was supposed to consider three cases about the transfer of Trump’s financial documents to the House of Representatives committees and the New York Prosecutor’s office on March 31, but the meeting was postponed due to the coronavirus.

The Supreme Court will also hear a case involving the electoral College and two cases involving Catholic school teachers in California and the extent to which religious organizations are protected from lawsuits by employees.

Another case is related to the Trump administration’s attempt to grant exceptions to the rules of the affordable health care bill based on religious beliefs: the issue is that the insurance provided to employees covers contraceptives.

Usually, judges make decisions by the end of June, before going on summer vacation, but in this case, the date may be moved due to organizational difficulties associated with the coronavirus. However, it is expected that the cases will be completed by the presidential elections scheduled for November 3.

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