California Supreme Court

By Jonathan Cooper, AP
March 8, 2016 – 7:40 PM ET

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The California Supreme Court will begin streaming oral arguments online.

Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye (TAN’-ee KAN’-teel sah-kah-OOH’-ay) announced the change Tuesday in her annual “state of the judiciary” address to a California lawmakers.

A court spokesman says officials plan to begin streaming San Francisco arguments in May, but Los Angeles sessions will come later because of technological limitations.

The state’s top judicial officer says the online streaming will begin “soon.” She says it is part of the judiciary’s effort to maintain access, fairness and diversity during despite limited funding.

Since becoming chief justice in 2011, Cantil-Sakauye has used her annual speech to lawmakers to seek more money for the court system. In her fifth address, she focused on addressing inequities in the court system to ensure it doesn’t perpetuate poverty.