Open to the Public
Fourth Circuit oral arguments are open to the public. If counsel believes the courtroom should be sealed during all or portions of an argument to protect sealed or classified information, a motion to seal the courtroom must be filed on the public docket at least 5 days prior to ruling by the court. Local Rule 25(c).
Seating is generally first-come, first-served. However, if you are attending argument in a high-profile case or with a large group of people, contact the clerk's office in advance (804-916-2700) to determine the best time to arrive and to find out if any seating can be reserved or if overflow seating will be available. Media representatives should carry their media credentials, and sketch artists should notify the clerk's office in advance of their need for appropriate seating. Please allow additional time to present photo identification and to pass through security screening. Please do not bring electronic devices unless you are an attorney or member of the attorney's staff.