What is the Oyez Project?
The Oyez Project is a multimedia archive devoted to the Supreme Court of the United States and its work. It 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. The Project also provides authoritative information on all justices and offers a virtual reality ‘tour’ of portions of the Supreme Court building, including the chambers of some of the justices.
To take advantage of Oyez media, one needs two plug-ins for your browser: Flash and QuickTime. The Oyez Project contains more than 3000 hours of audio materials delivered as streamed and downloadable mp3s. The streamed audio version uses a player built on Adobe Flash, a free plug-in. The Project also contains dozens of panoramic images of the Supreme Court Building. To view these images in the Tour section, you will need to download and install QuickTime.
The Oyez Project now offers two *FREE* apps for iOS and Android OS devices:
- OyezToday tracks the current business of the U.S. Supreme Court in the form of abstracts in all cases granted review. OyezToday shares SCOTUS audio in a searchable format linked to transcripts. With a simple flip and tap, it is possible to identify and create clips of segments or turns to share and repurpose. OyezToday also makes written opinions available shortly after release.
You needn’t be tethered to a computer to read the latest decisions. OyezToday will transcribe and add opinion announcements from the 2010 Term shortly after the Court releases them to the National Archives in October. The iPad version of this app offers additional features for note-taking and highlighting.
- PocketJustice focuses on the Supreme Court’s constitutional jurisprudence regardless of Term. The free version provides abstracts, voting data, searchable arguments+transcripts, and opinions in the top 100 most frequently employed cases found in con law casebooks. The FULL version of the app (which is not free) covers the entire corpus of 600+ cases we identified through a survey of major con law casebooks. All income supports the Oyez Project.
To download these apps, simply search by name in the App Store (iPhone/iPad) or Android Market.