Yesterday, precedent was set at the United States Supreme Court. Not a legal precedent, but a practical one: cell phones were allowed in the courtroom.

If you’ve visited a federal courtroom, you almost certainly had to leave your cell phone outside – your cell phone is generally not welcome in federal courtrooms. But yesterday, a group of hearing impaired attorneys were admitted to the Supreme Court bar, and they were allowed to use cell phones and tablets to access the Communications Access Realtime Translation, or CART, service, which allows a third party to create a real-time transcript of the proceeding.

It was the first time CART was used for an admissions group, but the service has been used in the past for arguing attorneys

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