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Christopher C. Melcher & USA TODAY file petition to restore public access for LA Courthouse non-confidential hearings

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"Christopher C. Melcher and USA TODAY file petition to restore public access for LA Courthouse non-confidential hearings"

Description: Top family law attorney Christopher C. Melcher and USA TODAY file media request for order restoring remote audio access program (RAAP) and/or providing links to LA Court Connect (LACC).

Published by:  Superior Court of the State of California

Publication Date: August 27, 2021

Area(s) of Legal Expertise needed for interview: Freedom of Speech

Legal Expert: Christopher C. Melcher

Quote: “The Los Angeles Superior Court had allowed the public and media to listen to nonconfidential proceedings in its courthouses live through its Remote Audio Attendance Program (RAAP), but canceled the program a day after a few people broke the rule against recording. The court now requires in-person attendance for the public and media to monitor and report on what happens in court, while granting video and audio access to parties, counsel, witnesses, and others through another program called LACourtConnect (LACC).”  The termination of RAAP infringes on the right of free speech and fails to provide equal protection under the law.”