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Memorial Draping of the Courtroom



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September 20, 2020Kathleen Arberg (202) 479-3211

In accordance with Supreme Court tradition, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s Bench Chair and the Bench directly in front of it have been draped with 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.


The flags on the Court’s front Plaza will be flown at half-staff for 30 days.

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