Ever been curious to hear the voice of Chief Justice John Roberts during oral argument? Perhaps you have wondered what the main reading room of the Supreme Court Law Library or the chambers of Justice Ginsburg looks like? Or maybe you are interested in perusing the financial disclosure reports of Justice Scalia? If so, then the Oyez website is for you.
Designed for scholars, students, and USSC groupies, “[t]he Oyez Project is a multimedia archive devoted to the Supreme Court of the United States and its work.” At its core, Oyez “aims to be a complete and authoritative source for all audio recorded in the Court since the installation of a recording system in October 1955.” Currently, Oyez’ “audio collection covers all audio from the 1990 Term through the end of the 2004 Term,” and has selective coverage prior to 1990.
In addition to providing audio coverage of Supreme Court Oral arguments, Oyez also provides portraits, photos and biographical information for all of the past and current Justices, organized by Court. Virtual Tours of major portions of the Supreme Court building are also available.
For those looking for more slightly off-the-wall information about the Court, Oyez also has you covered. For example, interment locations of prior Supreme Court Justices are available via Google Maps (a strangely compelling feature). Those who can’t get enough of the American pastime may also enjoy playing Oyez baseball, a game that challenges you to compare the personalities of baseball players and Supreme Court Justices.
Of course, much more information is available on the website. Feel free to explore. In the meantime, this post is now in recess.