The Court System


What is the nickname of the Supreme Court Building?

The nickname of the building is the Marble Palace, because white marble represents the primary material used in the building. According to the Supreme Court’s Web site, $3 million worth of marble was used in its construction. Famous attorney and scholar John Paul Frank published a book about the U.S. Supreme Court in 1958 entitled Marble Palace: The Supreme Court in American Life.

The first U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice was John Jay, who served on the bench from 1789 to 1795 (Library of Congress).

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