According to the Supreme Court's timetable for 2007, the Supreme Court has just 176 working days out of 365. They consist of around 104 Saturdays and Sundays, over two and a half months of summer vacation, a fortnight of winter vacation, and various additional days and weeks off ranging from a day to a week. The actual number of days that the court is in session is about 250, including the weekends and the holidays.
In addition to its regular schedule, the court has an extensive array of emergency measures it can use when necessary to address major problems or issues with its operation. These include ordering the reargument of cases pending before it, which essentially means deciding them again; issuing stays, which are orders directing that certain actions be held in abeyance until further notice; and issuing injunctions, which are orders prohibiting certain actions.
The last time the court ordered Monday mornings as its default date was September 2005. Prior to that, the default date had been Sunday afternoons, which was beginning to cause problems for many lawyers who have weekly schedules that don't allow for long trips to downtown Washington, D.C.
Since the start of its current term in October 2004, the court has announced nine emergencies requiring immediate action by the Congress or the president. Five of these were related to President Bush's controversial executive authority, and four were challenges to federal statutes or regulations.
The Supreme Court has a three-month hiatus during which the justices take vacation. They have no court requirements at this time and are free to do anything they choose. Most often, the justices go home to their private lives in Washington, D.C., or elsewhere within driving distance of the city.
However, some remain in town to work on cases pending before the court. These judges can sometimes be seen walking to and from work each day across the street from the Supreme Court building.
In addition to the current justices, former presidents also play an important role in appointing new members of the court. Currently, there are two openings due to the retirement of Chief Justice John Roberts earlier this year and the death last month of Justice Antonin Scalia. President Trump is expected to make future appointments to those seats as well as other positions on the court. However, because the president can only make nominations, not confirm them, it is possible that more than three months could pass between now and the next appointments.
In conclusion, the current Supreme Court has the opportunity to change the face of American jurisprudence for decades to come. As we've seen with recent cases involving gay marriage and abortion, the court can either uphold long-standing traditions or help create new precedent.
Currently, the Supreme Court has 193 working days each year, the high courts have 210 days, and the trial courts have 245 days. The actual number of days varies depending on the number of cases heard by the courts and whether the judges are in session during an emergency vacancy.
The Supreme Court is generally considered to be one of the most important institutions in any country because it decides what laws can be passed by their legislatures and what rights citizens have. As such, it is not surprising that many countries try to influence its decisions by sending letters to the justices or trying to place people on the court who will rule in their favor.
The Supreme Court building is located at 200 Independence Ave. SW in Washington, D.C. It was designed by American architect Henry Ives Cobb and built in 1856-1858. The court itself is on the third floor while the library and offices remain on the second floor today as they did when the court first moved into the building. In 1970, a renovation added an additional floor containing more space for hearings and conferences.
The Supreme Court building is owned by the federal government but is operated under the direction of a board composed of members of the judiciary. A chief justice serves as the administrator of the court and leads the majority opinion of the court's membership.