Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg declined to comment on whether she thinks arguments in front of the Supreme Court should be televised, but said TV has made confirmation hearings much longer because senators spend so much time performing for the cameras.

"The people on the Senate Judiciary Committee have all that free time" to stump for the audience, Ginsburg said according to the AP.

Speaking at a conference of judges of the 10th Circuit Court on Friday, Ginsburg demurred on the question of televising arguments but pointed to former colleagues who opposed cameras.

When you're sitting on a collegial bench, if there is any of you who would be extremely discomforted ... you would defer to that colleague," she said without naming anyone currently on the court.

Ginsburg's late husband Martin Ginsburg, a prominent lawyer in his own right, was scheduled to address the conference before his death from cancer in June. The justice read her husband's prepared remarks before taking part in a question-and-answer session with Beverly McLachlin, the chief jurist of Canada's Supreme Court.

Justice Sonia Sotomayor was in the crowd but did not participate in the session. She was scheduled to address the judges in a closed-door session on Saturday.