The Court of Justice of the European Union today opens a streaming service, to facilitate public access to its judicial activity.

Delivery of judgments of the court, and the reading of Advocate Generals’ opinions, will be broadcast live on its website. At this stage the service will only include cases assigned to the Grand Chamber. Streaming will run from the start of scheduled hearings for the delivery of judgments.

Hearings in cases assigned to the Grand Chamber will also, in principle, be the subject of a later broadcast for a pilot period of six months. It will be possible to view the hearings either on the same day from 2.30pm (for hearings that took place that morning), or the following day from 9.30am (for hearings that are held in the afternoon), but it will not be possible to consult them subsequently.

The broadcasts are designed to allow citizens to follow hearings under the same conditions as if they were physically present. Viewers will therefore benefit from the simultaneous interpretation of the pleadings in the languages necessary for the proper conduct of the hearing.