Courtroom Lectures

Trained volunteer docents lead these 30-minute programs, which take place entirely within the Courtroom. Courtroom Lectures are designed to introduce visitors of all ages to the judicial functions of the Supreme Court, the history of the building, and the architecture of the Courtroom.

Lectures are available Monday through Friday on a first-come, first-served basis and are free of charge. A line forms in the Great Hall on the first floor before each lecture. It is advisable to join the line at least 15 minutes prior to the lecture’s start time. Please be on time for the lectures, as late entries cannot be accommodated. A hearing loop system transmits sound through an electromagnetic signal that is picked up by most hearing aids and cochlear devices without requiring additional equipment.

On days that the Court is not in session, lectures are generally scheduled every hour on the half-hour beginning at 9:30 a.m., with a final lecture at 3:30 p.m. A modified lecture schedule is offered in December and January. When the Court is in session, Courtroom Lectures are available only after Court adjourns for the day.

For the most up-to-date information, please refer to the 30-day rolling calendar below. Click on a day to view available lectures. Because lectures take place inside the Courtroom, they are subject to cancellation due to the business of the Court.

Note: Please be advised that there will be no Courtroom Lectures from Monday, August 14 through Friday, August 25 due to the closure of the Courtroom for maintenance and annual cleaning. When activity permits, the doors to the Courtroom will be open to allow visitors to view the room. The building will remain open to the public, and visitors may view the visitors' film and exhibitions or visit the cafeteria and gift shop.


For the most up-to-date information, please refer to the 30-day rolling calendar below.

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