Supreme Court of the United States
Seeing the Judicial Branch in Action
Since 1935, this grandiose neoclassical building serves as the headquarters of the highest tribunal in the United States, where not only the court determines the constitutionality of laws, but as the final arbiter for disputes between the federal and state governments. Make your way into the marble and drape-filled Court Chamber, especially the period from October to June to observe and listen to the Chief Justice and eight Associate Justices engage in oral arguments. Sitting inside, imagine the landmark cases that have been argued, debated and decided upon ranging from segregation to health care. When court isn't in session, docents lead 30 minute lectures on the history and architecture of the building, the Court, and courtroom.
By Christian Mirasol, AFAR Local Expert
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