A makeshift memorial for Justice Antonin Scalia outside the Supreme Court. (Matt McClain/ The Washington Post)

Justice Antonin Scalia’s body will lie in repose at the Supreme Court the day before his funeral is held, offering the public a chance to pay their respects, court officials said Tuesday.

Scalia, who died suddenly over the weekend in Texas, will lie in repose in the Court’s Great Hall on Friday. A private ceremony will take place at 9:30 a.m., and the public will be allowed in from 10:30 a.m. until 8 p.m.

The following day, family and friends will gather for his funeral mass at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, the court announced Tuesday afternoon. This mass will take place Saturday at 11 a.m. and be followed by a private burial.

The last such occasion was a little more than a decade ago after the death of the late chief justice William H. Rehnquist. Rehnquist’s casket was carried in by a group of pallbearers that included his former clerk John G. Roberts Jr., who at the time had been nominated but not confirmed yet to succeed him as chief justice.

There are already signs of Scalia’s passing at the building itself. Inside the courtroom, in a tradition dating back nearly 150 years, the Supreme Court said it draped black cloth over his chair and bench. The court has also placed a black drape over the courtroom’s doors. Outside, the court’s flags will remain at half-staff for 30 days.


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This story has been updated.