Kansas Supreme Court to stream arguments online

People who have Internet access will be able to watch Kansas Supreme Court arguments live online starting next week.

The announcement by Chief Justice Lawton Nuss on Tuesday comes just in time for people to catch arguments in a high-profile case where environmental groups are challenging the validity of state permits for a 895-megawatt coal-fired power plant near Holcomb in southwest Kansas. Those arguments start at 9 a.m. Aug. 31.

Kansas has put audio of state Supreme Court arguments online since 2004.

"We think the video streamed Court sessions can also serve as educational opportunities for the state's K-12 schools, colleges and universities, and our two law schools," Nuss said.

Twenty-two other state appellate courts offer video of oral arguments, and 12 of them stream live. Recordings of Kansas Supreme Court arguments will be streamed live and then archived on the Judicial Branch website for later viewing.