This Court, this bench, this building, has stood for one
hundred year. For one hundred years, justice has been done
here insofar as imperfect men and women of great will can
Many praise this Court’s design, its stone and marble
and wood. Others note its life in wars, economic suffering,
prosperity, and profound social change. Still others point
to the increase in the volume, variety, and complexity of
its work, all beyond the vision of those who created.
Yet, this Court cannot be said to be young or old, for the
righteousness at its center is unbound by time. Tomorrow,
at first light, that righteousness will burn as fiercely as
it did before chronicles were kept; and at evening, however
much its work may vary, the sole question to be answered will
be whether it has been a Court of conscience.
Presiding Justice Francis T. Murphy
(1971-1997; Presiding Justice 1977-1997)