How does attending a U.S. Supreme Court oral argument
In relation to this week’s Supreme Court hearings on health care, I’ve seen a few stories
about those waiting in line for days to see part of the arguments.
Does anybody know what it’s like to wait in line for “normal” (i.e. non-high-profile) cases? The Court has a page
on its website about attending an argument, but there’s nothing there about when you really need to show up in order to get a seat, or how many seats are available, or things like that.
Does anyone have any experience in seeing arguments? For a non-headline case, when would I need to show up? Does it always fill up? Any other tips on getting a seat? Are there any options to reserve seats through tour groups?
I know you can hire someone to stand in line for you, but you have to tell them when to start, and I have no idea when that would be. (Plus, I think I’d rather stand in line myself.)