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New Term Starts at United States Supreme Court

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    The Supreme Court of the United States begins a new term each year on the first Monday in October.

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    Supreme Court Justices sit behind the raised Bench  in the Courtroom, and attorneys arguing a case sit at the tables in front of the Bench.

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    The Justices sit in order of seniority on the Bench with the Chief Justice in the center.

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    The Great Hall of the supreme Court of the United States.

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    Great Hall extends from the Court's front entrance to the Courtroom.

  • library

    The Supreme Court Library has a collection of more than 500,000 volumes.

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    Supreme Court Justices and their staff, members of the Court's Bar, members of Congress and their staff, and attorneys for federal departments and agencies are permitted to use Library.

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    The Court's marble spiral staircases spans five floors.

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    The East Conference Room of the Supreme Court

By law, the Supreme Court of the United States starts its new term the first Monday in October -- a practice that has occurred for nearly 100 years. During a term, the nine Justices will hear arguments in about 75-80 cases and will typically issue decisions in these cases prior to the Court's adjournment in late June.

The Supreme Court Building, located in Washington, D.C. across the street from the U.S. Capitol, opened on the first Monday in October in 1935. Court visitors can tour the parts of the Court, including the Great Hall and the Court Chamber.

Watch the slideshow about the historic Supreme Court Building, and learn more about the Court and its work in this video interview with William Suter, Clerk of the Supreme Court.