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  • Out of concern for the health and safety of the public and Supreme Court employees, the Supreme Court Building will be closed to the public until further notice. The Building will remain open for official business. Please see all COVID-19 announcements here.
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Draping of the Courtroom Doors


In accordance with Court tradition, a black drape is hung over the Courtroom doors as a sign of respect and mourning following the death of a Justice. This tradition dates back at least as far as the death of Chief Justice Salmon P. Chase in 1873, and is believed to have been followed for every Justice who has died in active service since. The death of a sitting Justice is also recognized by draping the chair of the late Justice and the front of the Bench where that Justice sat. Only the Courtroom doors are draped upon the death of a retired Justice. These signs of mourning are traditionally left in place for 30 days.

 

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The Courtroom doors draped for the death of Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, September 2020.
The Courtroom doors draped for the death of Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, September 2020.

Credit: Photograph by Fred Schilling, Collection of the Supreme Court of the United States
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The Bench draped for the death of Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, September 2020.
The Bench draped for the death of Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, September 2020.

Credit: Photograph by Fred Schilling, Collection of the Supreme Court of the United States.
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The Bench draped for the death of Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, September 2020.
The Bench draped for the death of Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, September 2020.

Credit: Photograph by Fred Schilling, Collection of the Supreme Court of the United States.
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