How to Address an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States

How to Address an Associate Justice?

The given name of an associate justice is not used unless there are two justices with the same surname

Envelope, official:
—-Justice (Surname)
—-The Supreme Court
—-One First Street, NE
—-Washington, DC 20543

Letter salutation:
—-Dear Justice (Surname):


See also Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States.

Justice is a title and honorific for a judge of an appellate court.  The given name of an associate justice is not used unless there are two justices with the same surname.  Judges of lower courts are addressed as The Honorable (full name), but current justices of the Supreme Court of the United States are not.  However a retired associate justice is addressed as the Honorable (full name) and in a salutation or conversation as Justice (surname).  

—-—-– Robert Hickey, Honor & Respect

Associal Justice

How to Address a Retired Associate Justice?

A retired associate justice will be speaking at our annual conference. How do we list the retired associate justice’s name and title in our program?

This is what I plan to write:
—-(Full Name)
—-Associate Justice (Retired), U.S. Supreme Court
—-—-—-—-– Naomi Willis.

Dear Ms. Willis,
In the program use
—-—-The Honorable (Full Name)
—-—-Retired Associate Justice, Supreme Court of the United States

—-#1) By tradition, when on the bench they are not addressed as ‘the Honorable’ … but when retired they are.

—-#2) The correct name of the court is the ‘Supreme Court of the United States’ … not the ‘U.S. Supreme Court’.

—-#3) Avoid the parentheses.

—-#4) In conversation you can address her formally as ‘Justice (Surname’ or simply ‘Justice’.

I include all the forms of address in my book – official and social envelopes, letter, salutation, invitation, place cards, introductions – if this sort of thing comes up often.

– Robert Hickey

How to Address an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States

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—-#2)  After checking the list and reading the posts, if you don’t see your question answered send me an e-mail. I am pretty fast at sending a reply: usually the next day or so (unless I am traveling.)  Note: I don’t have mailing or Email addresses for any of the officials and I don’t keep track of offices that exist only in history books.

—-#3)  If I think your question is of interest to others, I will post the question & answer – always changing the names and specifics.

— Robert Hickey

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