The late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia's chair and bench in front of it have been draped in black wool crepe, continuing a 143-year-old tradition that follows the death of sitting Supreme Court justices.

The tradition dates back to 1873, when Chief Justice Salmon Chase passed away, according to the Supreme Court.

A black drape has also been hung over the Courtroom doors, another tradition performed in memorandum of all sitting and retired justices at the time of their deaths.

Also in Scalia's honor, the flags in the Court's front plaza will fly at half-staff for 30 days.

The flag flies at half-staff outside the Supreme Court in Washington, D.C. (AP Photo)

The funeral for Scalia will take place on Saturday at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C. Scalia, who died at the age of 79 this past weekend while on a quail hunting trip in Texas, was appointed to the Supreme Court in 1986 by President Ronald Reagan.