Supreme Court

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1 First Street NE, Washington, DC, USA
Supreme Court - The Supreme Court in the morning
Supreme Court - Spiral Staircase
Supreme Court - Sculpture of the Warren Court of 1964
Supreme Court - Statue of Chief justice John Marshall
Supreme Court - East Architrave
Supreme Court - John Marshall's judicial chair
Supreme Court - Spiral Staircase

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Andy99 Andy99
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Visiting the Judiciary Branch Mar 13, 2013
The Supreme Court is the head of the independent Judiciary, the third branch of the United State government. The Supreme Court hears cases that are based in Constitutional law and involve interpretations of the Constitution. As such, the Court has had tremendous influence on American history and public policy. Landmark decisions such as Brown vs. Board of Education in 1954 (overturning segregation in schools) have been watersheds in American life. Its major decisions are never without controversy. There have been many misfires, too, such as the Dred Scott Decision of 1857. (That case upheld slavery and that African-Americans were not protected by the Constitution. The 14th Amendment overruled it.)

Visitors to the Supreme Court building can view displays n the history of the Supreme Court and its decisions and on the Supreme Court building on the Ground Floor. Prominent among the displays is the statue of John Marshall, the fourth Chief Justice, who developed the idea of judicial review of legislation. There are also special exhibits from time to time. I liked one a while ago on the high courts of the world.

The Supreme Court Building, constructed between 1932 and 1935, was designed by noted architect Cass Gilbert. Sixteen marble columns at the main west entrance support the portico and on the architrave above is incised, "Equal Justice Under Law." Capping the entrance is the pediment filled with a sculpture group by Robert Aitken, representing Liberty Enthroned Guarded by Order and Authority. The East architrave carries the inscription "Justice the Guardian of Liberty".

Vistiors may attend sessions of the court, but one must wait in line for first-come, first-seated admission to the courtroom. It can be difficult to attend popular or controversial hearings.

A cafeteria serves sandwiches and salads and there is also a gift shop.

Photography is permitted in the display area but not in the courtroom.
The Supreme Court in the morning
Statue of Chief justice John Marsh…
John Marshall's judicial chair
Sculpture of the Warren Court of 1…
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Dec 29, 2007
The Supreme Court offers two options for visitors: an exhibit accompanied by a tour and oral argument. Casual visitors should stick to the exhibit. They will be able to learn a basic history of the U.S. Supreme Court and visit the court room. Constitutional law buffs should make a point of watching oral argument. No matter what the case is, it is really exciting to walk into the court room and watch the nine Justices in action. If you would like to watch oral argument, you need to plan ahead and take the following into consideration:

-The Supreme Court does not hold oral argument everyday. Make sure that you check the calendar ahead of time.

-You will have to wait in line, and not everyone from the line will be admitted. If you plan to see a low-profile case, get in line on the front steps by 8 am. If you want to watch a high-profile case, you might have to camp out on the steps overnight.

-Before getting in line, make sure you get a pass for the line from one of the security guards standing on the steps.
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