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It was a sizzling Monday in the Nations Capital June 2018. I happen to be touring DC on the day Justice Kennedy announced his retirement from the bench.
A vacancy in the Supreme Court is a big deal There was a lot of buzz about...More
I took my 17 year old high school senior Herr last week. Getting in is brutal but well worth the effort. It’s unfortunate that the Court isn’t more accessible but I strongly encourage a visit.
Here’s how it works. You must arrive and be in...More
I'm a lawyer so I thought I would drop by for a minute and wasn't expecting much. Boy, was I wrong! Those imposing columns in the front? The oversized columns are carried over into the hall in front of the courtroom. I went on two...More
The architecture is impressive and the scale of the building cannot be judged from photographs. Inside there are informative displays on the history of the court and some more impressive architecture to enjoy. The highlight was sitting in the courtroom itself hearing a very informative...More
This is a beautiful building, only a few displays but very interesting. They had a wonderful lecture inside the court on how the court decides which cases to take and the meaning of the architecture in the room. They also have a movie interviewing the...More
Hard to believe that this spectacular building is "just" for nine people. There is so much history within these walls, plus the artitecture is spectacular. Highly recommend to all DC visitors and residents.
The highest court of the land is open to tourists. Visiting hours are normal business hours. While they have a gift shop and a cafeteria, you are not allowed to take photos or video (for logical security reasons). Surprisingly, this building only dates to 1935,...More
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There are two ways to see the court in session -- hearing cases. Line up very early and see the whole session (or as much as you want). Line up less early (10 am may be ok but I don't know for sure) and get to sit in back... More
There are two ways to see the court in session -- hearing cases. Line up very early and see the whole session (or as much as you want). Line up less early (10 am may be ok but I don't know for sure) and get to sit in back for about 3 minutes. But the court isn't hearing any more cases until October.
You can tour the building without waiting in line. It is best if you go when the court is NOT having hearings because then you can go into the courtroom and see where they hear the cases. There is also a 30-minute "lecture" which is a short intro to the court, the history, the building which takes place in the courtroom (again, only when not holding a hearing).
The supreme court site is pretty clear.
Unfortunately, you never know how early to arrive. For the 3 minute line you can probably arrive between 7-8AM. If you want to hear an entire argument you must arrive by 6AM. Regarding your camera, etc. there are lockers for... More
Unfortunately, you never know how early to arrive. For the 3 minute line you can probably arrive between 7-8AM. If you want to hear an entire argument you must arrive by 6AM. Regarding your camera, etc. there are lockers for you to put your material in.