Supreme Court of Virginia Tours

Welcome Back! The Virginia State Law Library looks forward to welcoming tour groups to the Supreme Court of Virginia beginning on September 1, 2021.

Tours of the Supreme Court of Virginia and Judicial Learning Center will continue to be provided by appointment only and may be scheduled Monday through Friday between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. Tour groups may not exceed 15 people. 

Please note that fully vaccinated visitors are not required to wear face coverings in the building but are welcome to do so. Those who are unvaccinated or not fully vaccinated are asked to wear a face mask covering their nose and mouth.

We encourage you to continue to follow the precautions outlined by the Centers for Disease Control and the Virginia Department of Health. Please heed the advice of health professionals and stay home if you are sick. To learn more about getting vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus, visit www.vaccinate.virginia.gov

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. Please note that for now, tour groups may not exceed 15 people. For large groups, we suggest splitting into multiple groups and rotating between the Supreme Court of Virginia and one of the Capitol area’s other highlights, including Capitol Square, the Capitol Building and the Executive Mansion (not currently giving tours).

When can I come for a tour? Tours may be conducted between 9:00 AM and 3:00 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.