Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg missed oral arguments for the first time in 25 years while recovering from surgery in December. The 85-year-old justice is currently working from home.
Ginsburg was also forced to cancel a public appearance in Los Angeles which had been planned for later this month.
The event, a multi-media exhibit celebrating the 25th anniversary of Ginsburg’s appointment — titled “Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg” — was set to be held Jan. 29 at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles, California.
The Skirball Center tweeted Tuesday, “Update: An Evening with Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is CANCELED. The Justice regrets that she is unable to visit the Skirball on 1/29.”
“She is curtailing travel and focusing on her work while recuperating from recent surgery. Thank you for your understanding,” the tweet added.
Update: An Evening with Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is CANCELED. The Justice regrets that she is unable to visit the Skirball on 1/29. She is curtailing travel and focusing on her work while recuperating from recent surgery. Thank you for your understanding.
— SkirballCulturalCtr (@Skirball_LA) January 15, 2019
The exhibit first opened on Oct. 19, 2018, and is scheduled to run through March 10, 2019.
It remains unclear at this time if Ginsburg’s appearance will be rescheduled for a later date.
Ginsburg has been unable to attend Supreme Court sessions thus far in 2019 because of her recovery, and missed out on hearing oral arguments for a number of cases over the past two weeks. She has, however, reportedly been working from home.
In a statement, Supreme Court public information officer Kathy Arberg said, “Justice Ginsburg will continue to work from home next week and will participate in the consideration and decision of the cases on the basis of the briefs and the transcripts of oral arguments.”
“Her recovery from surgery is on track,” Arberg added. “Post-surgery evaluation indicates no evidence of remaining disease, and no further treatment is required.”
Liberal fans of the 85-year-old jurist are worried that Ginsburg’s health will soon compel her to retire, which means President Donald Trump will be able to nominate a successor, inevitably leading to an intense partisan battle over the ideological makeup of the court.
Reportedly, the White House has been cautiously making preparations in case of Ginsburg’s retirement.