Washington, D.C. – On Tuesday, February 14, 2017, at 10:00 a.m., the Subcommittee on the Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet will hold a hearing titled, “Judicial Transparency and Ethics.”  This oversight hearing will examine the issues surrounding public access to court information and judicial misconduct.

Witnesses for the hearing are:

  • Mr. Mickey Osterreicher, General Counsel, National Press Photographers Association (NPPA)
  • Professor Thomas Bruce, Director, Legal Information Institute, Cornell Law School
  • Professor Charles Geyh, John F. Kimerling Professor of Law, Indiana Law School

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) and Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet Subcommittee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) released the following joint statement prior to the hearing:

“Tomorrow the IP Subcommittee will hold an important oversight hearing to examine the many issues facing our federal courts system.  The oversight hearing will look at several transparency issues, including the effectiveness of the PACER service and use of audio and video recordings of courtroom procedures.  Additionally, the hearing will examine internal judicial disciplinary rules and procedures.”

The hearing will take place in 2141 Rayburn House Office Building and will be webcast live at https://judiciary.house.gov/. Camera crews wishing to cover must be congressionally-credentialed and RSVP with the House Radio-TV Gallery at (202) 225-5214.