THE ORAL ARGUMENTS
The United States Supreme Court building is located at One First Street, NE, across First Street from the U.S. Capitol and across East Capitol Street from the Library of Congress. It is a majestic structure, measuring 385 feet by 304 feet. It was built to symbolize the national ideal of justice in its highest and purest form, solid and shining outside and in. Outside, the principal material is marble from U.S. quarries in Vermont, Georgia, and Alabama. Inside, the doors, trim, paneled walls, and many of the floors are made from American quartered oak, a rich and solid wood.
The courtroom itself, where the oral arguments take place, is decorated by marble pillars. At the front is the bench where the justices sit, elevated on a platform and backed by red velour curtains.
Court begins promptly at 10 AM. That's when the crier, the court official who shouts out announcements, smashes down the gavel. Instantly everyone in the room rises, and the crier calls out: [The Honorable, the Chief Justice and the Associate Justices of the Supreme Court of the United States!]
The curtains part and the nine justices walk in and take their places at the bench. [All persons having business before the Honorable, the Supreme Court of