Canadian journalist Catherine Clark, the daughter of a former Prime Minister and the host of Beyond Politics (shown on Canada’s public affairs cable channel) has conducted video interviews with the entire bench of the Supreme Court of Canada. Each runs for nearly 30 minutes. There are only eight interviews, as the Court’s ninth seat was unoccupied until recently (for reasons explained here). The interviews are available online at the website of Beyond Politics and on the show’s youtube channel (see the end of the list). In her interview, the current Chief Justice Beverly McLachlin reveals that she received the phone call offering her a place on the court while vacationing with her twelve-year old in Townsville.
Clark’s interviews resemble video interviews given by all sitting judges of the United States Supreme Court in 2009 on CSPAN. The American and Canadian Supreme Courts’ willingness to give interviews while on the bench contrasts with the general practice of Australia’s High Court, which is generally limited to rare interviews with the Chief Justice on special occasions, such as impending retirement [UPDATE: see comment below.] Last year, The Australian reported that the Court’s current Chief Justice, Robert French, has ruled out any media interviews before he retires in 2017.
Thanks to correspondents who have pointed out interviews given by French CJ, notably a three part series (totalling 30 minutes) for Chicago PBS in 2010, available online here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=evlXu59uW7o, as well as a program containing interviews with several judges of the United Kingdom Supreme Court available here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PZtYENfNa7k.
There’s also the transcript of Sir Anthony Mason’s great 7:30 Report interview with Liz Jackson in 1995, given while he was still Chief Justice (the first ever television interview with a High Court judge) in Geoffrey Lindell (ed), The Mason Papers (Federation Press, 2007) 398-413.