No matter what happens next with the federal government shutdown, the U.S. Supreme Court  will be open for business Monday, adhering to its tradition of ignoring the vicissitudes of the other branches of government.

For an institution that almost never shuts down—even when blizzards shutter other federal buildings—a government-wide shutdown is a "non-event," retired Supreme Court clerk William Suter said in an interview Saturday. "The court marches on."

Fortuitously, Monday is the last session of the high court until February 20, and it will consist only of opinion announcements, orders and the swearing-in of new members of the Supreme Court bar. There are no oral arguments. So the impact would be minimal even if the court were to join other entities in shutting down.

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Tony Mauro

Tony Mauro, based in Washington, covers the U.S. Supreme Court. A lead writer for ALM's Supreme Court Brief, Tony focuses on the court's history and traditions, appellate advocacy and the SCOTUS cases that matter most to business litigators. Contact him at [email protected]. On Twitter: @Tonymauro