Instructions for Hearing Attendees

Hearing for Judge Brett Kavanaugh to Serve as an Associate Justice on the United States Supreme Court

**At all times, those standing in line shall abide by the rules established by the Senate Judiciary Committee.**

Due to limited space in the hearing room, admittance to the hearings is only for a limited period of time in order to allow more members of the public access to the hearings. 
Hearing attendees must obtain hearing passes, which will be distributed on a first come, first served basis at the hearing admission staging area on the days of the hearing. Passes do not guarantee admission into the hearing and are only valid for the day in which the pass is issued.
On Tuesday, September 4, 2018, and continuing through the conclusion of the hearing, the line for admission into the hearing will start at the NW Corner of First Street and C Street NE. Individuals who have received a pass will be ushered into the hearing room by Judiciary Committee staff at intervals throughout the day.
No picketing or demonstrating will be allowed by individuals standing in line or in the hearing. At any time authorized staff or U.S. Capitol Police can request the removal of any person from the line or the hearing for failure to adhere to established rules or other security/safety related reasons.
Once persons holding passes have been cleared by security, they must remain with the group at all times. Failure to follow this guideline will result in individuals not being admitted into the hearing room. 
Persons who received a pass and were not admitted to the hearing on the day in which the pass was issued will not receive special accommodations for the next day of hearings. Individuals wishing to wait in line for the following day’s hearing may do so ONLY after the current day’s hearing has concluded. 
The following items are prohibited for those attending the hearing:
  • Firearms or weapons of any kind
  • Ammunition (either real or simulated)
  • Explosives of any kind (including fireworks)
  • Knives, blades, razors, box cutters, or other sharp objects (of any length)
  • Any pointed object (i.e. knitting needles, letter openers, etc.)
  • Aerosol sprays
  • Cans, bottles, coolers, thermal or glass containers, food or beverages of any kind
  • Mace or pepper spray
  • Umbrellas, selfie sticks, sticks or poles
  • Pocket or hand tools (such as a Leatherman)
  • Packages, backpacks, large bags, duffel bags, camera bags or suitcases
  • Laser pointers
  • Strollers, chairs
  • Signs, posters or placards of any size
  • Clothing with profanity or images deemed inappropriate by security screeners
Any other items at the discretion of the security screeners that may pose a potential safety hazard or distraction to the hearing.
Photography, of any kind, is strictly prohibited in the hearing room, except for authorized staff.