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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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  • 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.
  • All public lectures and visitor programs are temporarily suspended.
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Did You Know...

The Supreme Court’s First Opinion


The earliest sessions of the Supreme Court were devoted to organizational proceedings. The first cases reached the Court during its second year, and the Justices handed down their first opinion on August 3, 1791, in the case West  v. Barnes.  The underlying dispute concerned whether a debt had to be repaid in silver or gold, as the plaintiff, David Barnes, contended, or whether it could be repaid using paper currency. The Court ultimately decided in the plaintiff’s favor, but based its decision on procedural grounds.

 

Courtroom inside Old City Hall in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania where the case of West v. Barnes was argued. This site is currently maintained by the National Park Service.
Courtroom inside Old City Hall in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania where the case of West  v. Barnes  was argued. This site is currently maintained by the National Park Service.
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