"The U.S. Supreme Court—and those in its orbit—has been going through the usual machinations leading up to a new term in recent weeks: Panels of law professors and practitioners are previewing the big cases of the new term, and a few justices are making public appearances to send one message or another.

The court is edging closer back to “normal” as the COVID-19 pandemic recedes. Chief Justice John Roberts observed recently that when the justices take the bench to open the 2022-23 term on Oct. 3, the court building, and the courtroom itself, would once again be open to visitors.

“The public will be there to watch us,” Roberts said at the conference of the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Sept. 10.

The court is coming out of one of the most extraordinary terms in its history, with the leak of the draft opinion revealing Roe v. Wade would be overruled and a series of major 6-3 decisions reflecting the ascendancy of the supermajority of justices appointed by Republican presidents. Those included rulings further lowering the wall of separation between church and state, curtailing the Environmental Protection Agency’s authority to battle climate change and removing barriers for concealed carry of firearms.

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