The Supreme Court, following a tradition that dates to the nineteenth century, has hung memorial draping in black wool crepe around the late Justice Antonin Scalia’s Bench Chair and at the front of his place on the Bench. In addition, a black drape has been hung over the main doors to the courtroom.
The tradition dates back at least as far as the death of Chief Justice Salmon P. Chase in 1873, the Court said in a statement on its website. The tradition 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 sitting or retired Justice.
The flags on the Court’s front plaza will be flown at half-staff for thirty days, the Court said.