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Note: The Court will hear all scheduled oral arguments for the Term in the Courtroom. Seating for the oral argument sessions will be provided to the public, members of the Supreme Court Bar, and press. The three-minute line is temporarily suspended. The Supreme Court Building will otherwise be closed to the public on days when the Court is in session.

On days when the Court is not in session, the building will be open to the public from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., excluding weekends and federal holidays. Courtroom lectures are offered on a first-come, first-served basis. Please refer to the 30-day rolling calendar for available lectures. Visitors may view ground floor exhibits and portions of the first floor on a self-guided basis. The cafeteria and gift shop are open to the public.


Visitors Who Use Wheelchairs or Other Mobility Devices

An accessible entrance and exit is located along Maryland Avenue on the left side of the building. Limited accessible parking is also available along Maryland Avenue.

A limited number of wheelchairs are available free of charge at your point of entry. Wheelchairs may be obtained from any Supreme Court Police Officer.

Elevators are available on the ground floor and first floor to provide access to all public areas.


Visitors Who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing

Assistive listening devices are available when Court is in session. A hearing loop (induction loop), is installed in the Courtroom, requiring the use of a compatible device. Listening devices for use of the loop are available upon request for visitors who do not have hearing aids or compatible hearing aids. FM and infrared listening systems are also available. All listening devices may be obtained from a Supreme Court Police Officer or Courtroom attendant as you are being seated. The hearing loop is also available for Courtroom Lectures. The hearing loop system for Courtroom Lectures transmits sound through an electromagnetic signal that is picked up by most hearing aids and cochlear devices without requiring additional equipment.

American Sign Language interpretation for Courtroom Lectures can be arranged with at least seven business days’ notice. Please email us.


Visitors Who are Blind or Have Low Vision

Large print items available at the Visitor Desk include:

  • Visitor Map
  • Text from select exhibits
  • Information Sheets about Supreme Court history and architectural features of the building

Braille items available at the Visitor Desk include:

  • Visitor’s Guide to the Court and Visitor’s Guide to Oral Argument
  • Text from select exhibits
  • The U.S. Constitution

Service Dogs

Service dogs trained to assist persons with disabilities are welcome in the Supreme Court. Service dogs must be under the control of their handlers at all times (please see regulations governing the Supreme Court Building and grounds).


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