(WASHINGTON) — Justice Antonin Scalia will lie in repose in the Supreme Court’s Great Hall Friday in the first of two days of public mourning over the late associate justice, who died unexpectedly over the weekend.
The casket carrying Scalia is set to arrive at the Court by 9:30 Friday morning and will be carried into the Court’s Great Hall by Court police, who will serve as pallbearers. Former clerks to the justice will serve as honorary pallbearers. A private ceremony will then be held in the Court prior to opening to the public from 10:30 a.m. until 8 p.m.
President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama are set to pay their respects at the Court at some point Friday.
A funeral service for family and friends will be held Saturday at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington D.C. at 11 a.m.
The president will not attend the Saturday service, but Vice President Joe Biden and his wife will be in attendance. The burial, at a location that has not been announced, will be private.
In keeping with Court tradition dating back to 1873, Scalia’s place on the Bench, his chair and the Bench directly ahead of his seat, have been draped in a black wool crepe since Tuesday. A black drape also hangs above the doors to the Court.
The last justice to lie in repose at the Court was Chief Justice William Rehnquist, who passed away in 2005.
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