The sad occasion is expected to bring together the eight remaining judges for the first time since the building closed in March and they have resorted to meetings by phone and online.
Politics are unlikely to be absent, as his death so close to the presidential election plunged America into partisan turmoil, with Republicans determined to rush a replacement even before the Nov. 3 election, while Democrats cry hypocrisy and treason after the Republican. The led Senate blocked a candidate for Barack Obama several months away from the 2016 election, saying he was too close to voting.
Ginsburg will rest for two days in court where she served for 27 years and, before that, argued six cases for gender equality in the 1970s.
Following a private ceremony Wednesday in the great hall of the court, his casket will be moved outside the building to the top of the court steps so that public mourners can pay their respects in accordance with health guidelines public for the pandemic.
Since her death on Friday night, people have left flowers, notes, signs and all manner of Ginsburg props outside the court in honor of the woman who was dubbed in popular culture in her later years the ” notorious RBG ”.
Court officers cleared the items and cleaned up the courthouse and sidewalk ahead of Wednesday’s ceremony.
Following past practice at the lore-heavy court, Ginsburg’s casket is expected to arrive just before 9:30 a.m. local time on Wednesday, the court said.
Supreme Court police will carry him to the courtyard steps, which will be lined by former Ginsburg clerics serving as honorary porters.
Chief Justice John Roberts and the other judges will be in the Great Hall when the casket arrives and is placed on the Lincoln Catafalque, the platform on which Abraham Lincoln’s coffin rested in the Capitol Rotunda in 1865.
A 2016 portrait of Ginsburg by artist Constance Beaty will be on display nearby.
It’s unclear if Donald Trump would make it to court before he left town on Wednesday afternoon, although he paid tribute when Judge John Paul Stevens died last year and Barack Obama went to court after the death of the famous conservative judge Antonin Scalia in 2016.
The entrance to the courtroom, along with Ginsburg’s chair and the place on the bench next to Roberts, was draped in black, a long-standing custom at the court.
These visual signs of grief, which in recent years have heightened feelings of loss, will remain largely invisible this year.
The court begins its new term on October 5, but judges will not be in the courtroom and will instead hear arguments over the phone.
Following the private ceremony inside the courtyard, Ginsburg’s coffin will be in public view from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Wednesday and 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Thursday.
On Friday, Ginsburg will be in state on Capitol Hill, the first woman to do so and only the second Supreme Court justice after William Howard Taft, who had also served as president.
Rosa Parks, a private citizen as opposed to a government official, is the only woman to have been honored on Capitol Hill.
Ginsburg will be buried next to her husband, Martin, in a private ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery next week. Martin Ginsburg died in 2010.