Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch and a group of liberal activists were to be sworn in Thursday for the first time since the court announced it would not take up President Donald Trump’s controversial travel ban.
The group of justices, led by liberal Justice Anthony Kennedy, will be sworn-in at 11 a.m.
ET at the Supreme Center in Washington, D.C. The president was due to have his Supreme Court picks sworn in shortly after noon.
The first day of swearing-in for Justice Antonin Scalia’s replacement will be Friday at the United States Capitol in Washington.
The second day will be the first day the court decides on President Trump’s nominee for the vacant Supreme Court seat, who will be confirmed by the Senate.
The court is the final hurdle in the confirmation process, and Trump has vowed to overturn any court decisions that he deems unfavorable to his administration.
He is likely to try to replace Scalia with another conservative justice.
Scalia is a favorite of liberals and some Democrats who think he was wrongly confirmed to the court by President George W. Bush.
He was appointed by Republican President George H.W. Bush in 1989.
The conservative justices who are being sworn-out Thursday are all former appeals court judges.
They will be joined by two other liberals, Chief Justice John Roberts of Kansas and Justices Anthony Kennedy of Massachusetts and Ruth Bader Ginsburg of New York.
They are expected to be the most conservative members of the court since Justice Clarence Thomas left the court to become a law professor at Georgetown University.