Asked in State of the Union Address
Why do the justices of the US Supreme Court attend the State of the Union Address?
December 25, 2010 12:48AM
The justices attend the State-of-the-Union Address as a courtesy to the President and as representatives of the Judicial Branch of government.
They are not required to attend, however. Only six justices were present for President Obama's first State-of-the-Union Address. Sometimes lack of attendance is interpreted as an act of political hostility or defiance; other times, a justice's absence is caused by neutral personal circumstances.