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The funeral arrangements for the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg were released by the Supreme Court on Monday. Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the majority of services will be private.

“A private ceremony will take place in the Great Hall at 9:30 a.m. attended by Justice Ginsburg’s family, close friends, and members of the Court,” the Supreme Court said in a press release. “Following the private ceremony inside, Justice Ginsburg will lie in repose under the Portico at the top of the front steps of the Building to allow for public viewing outdoors.”

The court also announced that Ginsburg’s former law clerks will be serving as honorary pallbearers and will greet her casket upon its arrival. Congress has loaned the court the famous Lincoln Catafalque which held President Abraham Lincoln’s casket. Ginsburg’s casket will be given the same honor.

The public viewing will take place on the steps of the Supreme Court Building on Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Thursday from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s office also announced that Ginsburg will lie in state in the United States Capitol on Friday in National Statuary Hall. Another small private ceremony will take place in the Capitol due to COVID-19 restrictions.

“Our Nation has lost a jurist of historic stature,” Chief Justice John Roberts said. “We at the Supreme Court have lost a cherished colleague. Today we mourn, but with confidence that future generations will remember Ruth Bader Ginsburg as we knew her — a tireless and resolute champion of justice.”

The court has draped a black wool crepe over Ginsburg’s bench chair and the bench in front of the chair in her memory. There is also a black drape placed over the door to the courtroom. This is a Supreme Court tradition dating back to 1873 and the death of Chief Justice Salmon P. Chase.

Ginsburg will travel to her final resting place beside her late husband at Arlington National Cemetery next week with a private family burial planned.

The justice died last Friday after battling pancreatic cancer. She was 87.

PHOTO: (Jonathan Ernst/Reuters)

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