How to Address an Associate Justice
Supreme Court of the United States
How to Address an Associate Justice, U.S. Supreme Court?
The given name of an associate justice is not used unless there are two justices with the same surname, You can use these forms of address for any mode of communication: addressing a letter, invitation, card or Email.
—-Envelope, official, or address block on an email:
——–The Supreme Court
——–One First Street, NE
——–Washington, DC 20543
——–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 How to Address Associate Justice Supreme Court
Robert Hickey author of "Honor & Respect"
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:
—-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 Supreme Court
How to Address an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States