Supreme Court of Virginia Tours

Notice: Out of concern for the health and safety of the public and Supreme Court and Court of Appeals employees, the Supreme Court and Rose Lafoon Buildings will be closed to the public beginning Monday, March 16, 2020, until further notice. The buildings will remain open for employees and those needing access to the Clerks’ Offices or others who are here on official business. Therefore, due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the law library will not be conducting tours of the court and Judicial Learning Center at this time. We encourage all Virginians to follow the advice of their local health departments, the Virginia Department of Health, the Centers for Disease Control, and the World Health Organization.

The Virginia State Law Library is pleased to offer tours of the Supreme Court of Virginia! Tours include the Supreme Court of Virginia courtroom and the court’s new Judicial Learning Center, Law and Justice in Virginia, which provides an overview of Virginia’s judicial system, the rich history of Virginia’s judiciary, and its contributions to the development of America’s legal system. Visitors may view an interactive portrait collection of the Justices of the Supreme Court of Virginia, learn more about significant civil rights cases and Virginia’s “Judicial Trailblazers,” and listen to oral history interviews about landmark cases and advancements.

Who do I contact about a tour? To schedule a tour, contact the State Law Library at (804) 786-2075 or lawlibrary@vacourts.gov. 

What does it cost? Tours of the Supreme Court of Virginia and the Judicial Learning Center are always free!

Who can tour the Supreme Court of Virginia? Anyone! We often host groups of students from fourth grade through high school, as well as adult groups. For the best visitor experience, we recommend groups of not more than twenty people, but please note we cannot accommodate groups of more than forty in a single tour. For large groups, we suggest splitting into multiple smaller groups and rotating between the Supreme Court of Virginia and one of the Capitol area’s other highlights, including the Capitol Building and the Executive Mansion.

When can I come for a tour? Tours may be conducted between 9:00 AM and 4:00 PM, Monday through Friday, except when the building is closed for state and federal holidays. Tours cannot be conducted when the courtroom is in use, including but not limited to court sessions and writ panels. For those dates, visit the Supreme Court of Virginia Calendar. We require at least 24 hours’ notice to schedule tours.

What about parking? For a map of the capitol grounds, directions, and parking information, including free offsite parking for buses, see the Visiting the Capitol website. The Supreme Court of Virginia does not have its own parking area, but paid parking spaces are located on nearby streets or in one of several commercial lots within walking distance.

What happens when I get there for my tour? When you arrive for your tour, please enter through the front door, at 100 North Ninth Street, Richmond, Virginia. You will need to pass through a security screening, where you will be met by your tour guide. Visitors may not bring weapons into the court building.