Traditional Public Fora
Traditional public fora (fora is plural for forum) includes public parks, sidewalks, plazas and other areas that have been traditionally open to political speech and debate. Speakers’ in these areas enjoy the strongest First Amendment protections.
The government may subject fully protected expression on traditional public fora to reasonable, content-neutral restrictions on its time, place, and manner. An example of such restriction would be the hours of operation at a public park.
When considering government restrictions of speech in traditional public forums, courts use “strict scrutiny.” Under strict scrutiny, restrictions are allowed only if they serve a compelling state interest and are narrowly tailored to meet the needs of that interest.
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