This regulation is issued under authority of 40 U.S.C. § 13l to protect the Supreme Court Building and grounds, and persons and property thereon, and to maintain suitable order and decorum within the Supreme Court Building and grounds. Any person who fails to comply with this regulatm may be subject to a fine and/or imprisonment pursuant to 40 U.S.C. § 13m.

The use of signs on the perimeter sidewalks on the Supreme Court grounds is regulated as follows:

  1. No signs shall be allowed except those made of cardboard, posterboard, or cloth.

  2. Supports for signs must be entirely made of wood, have dull ends, may not be hollow, and may not exceed 3/4 inch at their largest point. There shall be no nails, screws, or bolt-type fastening devices protruding from the wooden supports.

  3. Hand-carried signs are allowed regardless of size.

  4. Signs that are not hand-carried are allowed only if they are

    1. no larger that 4 feet in length, 4 feet in width, and 1/4 inch in thickness (exclusive of braces that are reasonably required to meet support and safety requirements, as set forth in section 2 above), and not elevated so as to exceed a height of 6 feet above the ground at their highest point;

    2. not used so as to form an enclosure of two or more sides;

    3. attended at all times (attended means that an individual must remain within 3 feet of each sign); and

    4. not arranged in such manner as to create a single sign that exceeds the size limitations in subsection (a).

  5. No individual may have more than two non-hand-carried signs at any one time.

Notwithstanding the above, no person shall carry or place any sign in such a manner as to impede pedestrian traffic, access to and from the Supreme Court Plaza or Building, or to cause any safety or security hazard to any person.

Dale E. Bosley, Marshall
Approved April 25, 2000

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