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The curious (yet appropriate) name of the OYEZ Project is derived from the Middle English word oyez, which is the phrase by which the Marshal of the Supreme Court calls the courtroom to order. This particular phrase also serves to remind us that up until the 18th century that speaking English in a British court of law was not required and that one could use Law French when conducting business before a court. That being said, the OYEZ Project was started in 1996 by Jerry Goldman (a professor at Northwestern University) and his colleagues, and contains over 2000 hours of audio recordings of various cases and arguments held before the Supreme Court. On the site, visitors may peruse the On This Day section, which contains a listing of all Supreme Court events that happened on a particular date in history; or look through a listing of cases sorted by subject, with such categories as due process, criminal procedure, and so on. Within each case visitors may read a brief summary of the case, and in many instances, may listen to the oral argument from each hearing. The site is rounded out by a virtual tour of the Supreme Court building that includes the building's Great Hall and the chambers of Justice John Paul Stevens.
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