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Ginsburg to Lie in Repose at the Supreme Court Wednesday and Thursday, Public Viewing Allowed

09-21-2020
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In this Sept. 29, 2009 file photo, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg poses with other Supreme Court judges for a new group photograph at the Supreme Court in Washington. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, FILE)

Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg will lie in repose at the Supreme Court of the United States on Wednesday, Sept. 23, and Thursday, Sept. 24. 

Ginsburg, the court's second female justice died Friday at her home in Washington. She was 87. 

The casket is scheduled to arrive in front of the court building just before 9:30 am on Wednesday.  A private ceremony will take place in the Great Hall at 9:30 am attended by Justice Ginsburg's family, close friends, and members of the Court. Following the private ceremony inside, Ginsburg will lie in repose under the Portico at the top of the front steps of the Building to allow for public viewing outdoors. 

Former law clerks to Ginsburg will serve as honorary pallbearers and will line the front steps as the casket arrives. Supreme Court police officers will serve as pallbearers. The justices will remain inside the Great Hall where the casket will be placed on the Lincoln Catafalque, which has been loaned to the high court by the US Congress for the ceremony.  A  2016 portrait of Justice Ginsburg by Constance P. Beaty will be on display in the Great Hall.

The public is invited to pay respects in front of the court building from approximately 11:00 am until 10:00 pm on Wednesday, Sept.  23, and from 9:00 am until 10:00 pm on Thursday, Sept.  24. 

Further guidance regarding public viewing will be available on the homepage of the court's website

A private interment service will be held next week at Arlington National Cemetery.

The court also announced in keeping with tradition, Ginsburg’s bench chair and the bench directly in front of it have been draped with a black wool crepe in memoriam. In addition, a black drape has been hung over the courtroom doors.

This tradition dates back at least as far as the death of Chief Justice Salmon P. Chase in 1873. It is believed to have been followed since, with the bench chair and bench draped on the death of each sitting justice, and the courtroom door draped on the death of each justice, sitting or retired.

In addition, the flags on the Supreme Court building's front plaza will be flown at half-staff for 30 days.

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