Supreme Court family gathers to mourn Scalia

FILE - In this Oct., 15, 2006 file photo, Supreme Court Associate Justice Antonin Scalia speaks at the ACLU Membership Conference in Washington. On Saturday, Feb. 13, 2016, the U.S. Marshals Service confirmed that Scalia has died at the age of 79. (AP Photo/Chris Greenberg, File)

Washington (CNN) — President Barack Obama, the public and members of the extended Supreme Court family will pay their respects to Justice Antonin Scalia Friday, as he lies in repose inside the building where he built a legacy as one of the most conservative stalwarts to serve on the high court.

A private ceremony for Scalia will begin at 9:30 a.m. Friday in the Great Hall. The casket will be placed on the Lincoln Catafalque, which was loaned to the court by Congress for the ceremony, and a 2007 portrait of Scalia by Nelson Shanks will be displayed.

After the private ceremony, the public will be invited in from 10:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. to view the casket.

Supreme Court police officers will serve as pallbearers and Scalia’s law clerks will serve as honorary pallbearers.

“As is the tradition, Justice Scalia’s law clerks will stand vigil by his side at the Court all day tomorrow and through the night,” tweeted Kannon Shanmugam, who clerked for Scalia.

Obama is set to pay respects Friday at the court, and the event is expected to draw luminaries from both the legal and political worlds throughout the day.

Scalia’s funeral service is Saturday at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. Father Paul Scalia, the justice’s son, is set to deliver mass for his father. Vice President Joe Biden is scheduled to attend.

Other justices who have laid in repose in the Supreme Court include former Chief Justice William Rehnquist, former Justice Harry Blackmun, former Justice William J Brennan Jr., former Justice Thurgood Marshall and former Chief Justice Earl Warren.

As Scalia is remembered Friday, talk is likely to also focus across the street, to the Capitol, where the question hovers over whether Senate Republicans will successfully block Obama from winning a third appointment to the High Court.

Senate Republicans are expected to debate the issue internally when they return next week, but many appear firm in the belief they will win if they stop confirmation hearings from ever happening.

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