What is on the fifth floor of the Supreme Court building?


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The United States Supreme Court is a towering presence in the American justice system, well-known for handling many of the most prestigious cases and landmark court decisions in the country. But while you���ll find the courtroom on the second floor, there is an entirely different kind of court on the fifth floor���a basketball court.

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What is on the fifth floor of the Supreme Court building?
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Originally used to store journals, the space���sometimes jokingly called ���The Highest Court in the Land������ was transformed into a workout room for employees in the 1940s, and baskets and backboards followed soon after. Since then, the non-regulation sized court has been used as a place to shoot hoops for off-duty police officers, clerks and other building employees. There is also a weight room on the fifth floor if you���re not up for a game.

Because the building is more importantly a place of business and legal justice, people are not allowed to play on days that court is in session. If that rule is broken, you���ll probably get in trouble with a clerk and put on the record for disrupting court functions. But since the court isn���t open to the public, it likely doesn���t take long for offenders to quickly learn the rules.

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