Court TV: Viewers flock to federal judiciary's YouTube channel

Videos, redesigned Web site part of government 2.0 outreach

The federal judiciary has debuted its own YouTube channel and redesigned its Web site  to raise its public profile by using Web 2.0 tools.

In its first eight weeks of operation, the Federal Judiciary Channel has tallied 5,300 views for its 48 educational videos on topics such as jury duty, bankruptcy, working for the judiciary and an overview of recent Supreme Court cases. The YouTube channel is a joint program between the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts and the Federal Judicial Center.

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The YouTube channel, which went live in May, is part of a broader overhaul of the federal judiciary’s Web site, which is designed for students, news media, lawyers, academics and government officials.

Other enhancements in the redesign are:

  • Users can register for e-mail updates for news releases, emergencies and new publications.
  • The federal judiciary is making available widgets that can be installed on other Web sites to allow delivery of judiciary content to those sites.
  • A free read-aloud tool is available to help users with disabilities read online texts.

“We hope that the videos you discover here will help you connect with the federal courts in fresh ways,” an announcer said during the channel’s introductory video, which has been viewed 2,073 times.


About the Author

Alice Lipowicz is a staff writer covering government 2.0, homeland security and other IT policies for Federal Computer Week.

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Reader comments

Wed, Jun 30, 2010 mariam

Appears the Fed videos are a professional production...similar to creating a documentary: there is a set, scripted introductions, interviews with judges, and excellent editing to get the final product. Just wondering how much this costs the taxpayers? Or perhaps cost is not important when it comes to raising the judiciary's profile. What I don't understand is that the uscourts profile says it joined Youtube in July 2006...not 2010.Does anyone know what this means?

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