Supreme Court of the United States

Media Advisory For Further Information Contact:
February 18, 2016 Kathleen Arberg (202) 479-3211

Friday, February 19, Coverage of Lying in Repose:

Associate Justice Antonin Scalia will lie in repose in the Great Hall of the Supreme Court. The casket will arrive in front of the Court just before 9:30 a.m. The north side of the Plaza will be cordoned off for journalists and still photographers. Press will be admitted to the Plaza area beginning at 8 a.m. Broadcast coverage on the Plaza will be pooled. All other broadcast cameras may set up on the north side of the front sidewalk in a designated press area.

U.S. Supreme Court police officers will serve as pallbearers. Former law clerks to the Justice will serve as honorary pallbearers. The casket will be placed in the Great Hall on the Lincoln Catafalque, which has been loaned to the Court by the U.S. Congress for the ceremony. A 2007 portrait of Justice Scalia by Nelson Shanks will be on display in the Great Hall.

C-SPAN will serve as broadcast pool for coverage of the ceremony in the Great Hall at 9:30 a.m. and throughout the day. An AP photographer will serve as pool photographer for the 9:30 a.m. ceremony. Supreme Court hard pass holders may attend the 9:30 a.m. ceremony.

Once the private ceremony has concluded, the public will be invited to pay respects from 10:30 a.m. until 8 p.m. Credentialed still photographers and reporters may cover throughout the day, but due to space limitations, must attend in small groups and an escort to the designated press area by the Public Information Office staff is required. Press should enter the building via the visitor entrance and check in with the Public Information Office. Interviews in the Great Hall or elsewhere in the building are not permitted.

Photographers may leave their positions one or two at a time in order to take a wide shot, or to shoot from another angle, but otherwise must work from a fixed position.

The public line will form on the sidewalk in front of the Court (on the East Capital Street side) and public will enter the building via the visitor entrance. The Supreme Court building will be open for official business only on Friday, February 19, while Justice Scalia lies in repose in the Great Hall.

Saturday, February 20, Coverage of the Funeral Mass:

The funeral Mass for Associate Justice Antonin Scalia will be held Saturday, February 20, at 11 a.m. at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, 400 Michigan Avenue, NE.

Reporters may attend the funeral Mass but seating is limited. Supreme Court hard pass holders will be seated in section S of the Basilica. Reporters are encouraged to arrive via the East Door by 9:30 a.m. A member of the PIO staff will be on hand to assist with seating. Other credentialed reporters will be seated as space allows.

Parking is extremely limited and attendees are encouraged to use public transit. The closest Metro stop is Brookland-CUA on the Red Line. The Basilica is approximately a one-third mile walk on Michigan Avenue.

There will be pooled broadcast and still photography coverage of the funeral Mass. Press interested in setting up outside the Basilica should contact Jacquelyn Hayes, director of communications, at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception at 202-281-0615.

The burial will be private.


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