Supreme Court of the United States
Skip Navigation LinksHome > Visiting the Court > Etiquette


The Supreme Court is the highest court in the nation for all cases and controversies arising under the Constitution or laws of the United States; therefore, visitors are asked to follow a few general guidelines:

  • Be prepared to pass through security screening at your point of entry. All items must be screened in x-ray machines and all visitors will be asked to pass through metal detectors.
  • Please tour the building quietly, as working offices are adjacent to public hallways.
  • No photography or audio/video recording is allowed inside the Courtroom.
  • Smoking is prohibited inside the building.
  • Consumption of food and beverages is permitted only in the Cafeteria and vending machine alcove.
  • Touching of portraits, busts, or other artifacts on exhibit is strictly prohibited.
  • Any visitors unable to maintain proper behavior will be asked to leave by the Supreme Court Police.


SUPREME COURT OF THE UNITED STATES 1 First Street, NE Washington, DC 20543