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U.S. Supreme Court

Supreme Court, Washington, D.C.

U.S. Supreme Court
The nation's highest court is in session from the second Monday in October to the beginning of July.

Visitors are allowed to sit in on sessions and listen as the Supreme Court Justices hear oral arguments or hand down decisions.

This was one of the more interesting highlights during our visit to Washington, D.C. — it was fascinating to see the justices in action!


Public Lectures
Public lectures are available in the Courtroom every hour on the half hour from 9:30am-3:30pm on days that the Court is not sitting. Limited Courtroom seating (first-come, first-served basis).


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Public Hearings
Seating for public hearings (oral arguments) is limited — if you are interested in attending a session, you can wait in one of two lines outside the Supreme Court. The locations for these two lines are marked with signs.

The "3-minute line" is preferable if your time is limited and you just want a brief look at what goes on inside. Seating for the 3-minute line begins at 10am.

If you'd rather stay for the whole session, seating begins earlier, at 9:30am. Call ahead to confirm court session times.

Open Mon-Fri 9am-4:40pm,
except for Federal Holidays

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