U.S. Supreme Court

Member Rating 4 out of 5 by Laura on February 2, 2002

When the court is not in session, the public can sit in the courtroom and see where the Justices sit and the attorneys sit. Lectures from interns are given every hour on the half-hour. They explain the functions and operation of the court as well as facts about the building and the history of the court. They also offer Q and A.

In the lower level there are exhibits that change periodically. When I was there, the topic on display was about building a home for the court. It did not have its own building until 1935. There is a theater, where a film on the Supreme Court is shown as well as a gift shop - good for lawyer gifts.

The building is open from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. It is closed Saturdays, Sundays, and federal holidays.

I have not been to see oral arguments, but do know that from October to May, the court hears cases that it has accepted for review. The public may sit in on the oral arguments. 2 lines form outside on the plaza. One for those people wanting to sit and listen to the entire oral argument and those just wanting to get a 3 minute glimpse of the action.

After May, the court takes the bench at 10 am on Mondays to release orders and opinions as they are completed. The public can view this as well.

U.S. Supreme Court
1 First Street NE
Washington, District of Columbia, 20543
(202) 479-3000


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