What will shape the future of courthouse design?

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What will shape the future of courthouse design?

What will shape the future of courthouse design?
Trends in State Courts 2020

Trends in court management are driven by not only operational factors, but also responses to our rapidly changing world. These factors require architects and court planners to reexamine how spaces are designed to accommodate functional, environmental, and societal needs and expectations.

Courthouse planning requires building occupants not only to contemplate the types of spaces and amenities that meet their current operational requirements but also to anticipate needs. By studying court management trends, building occupants and designers can foresee how the built environment may respond.  Read More!

Considerations for Reopening the Courthouse

As courthouses across the nation begin to reopen, various building industry organizations have issued guidelines related to COVID-19 preparedness. Click the link below to read a summary of those guidelines and considerations. The NCSC’s Courthouse Planning Team is available to answer your questions or help you find additional resources.

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The Doctor is In

The security and courthouse planning teams are offering free consultation services August 11th-14th.    Schedule a virtual meeting to discuss issues concerning court security, safety, and emergency response as a result of COVID-19 and beyond.

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Tiny Chats

Tiny Chats are bite-sized annotated videos that touch on specific access to justice topics, court operations, and planning.  Check out #13 about Self-Help Centers.

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2020 Retrospective of Courthouse Design Publication

The Retrospective 2011-2020 publication is in development. Submissions accepted now through August 31, 2020.

Architects and architectural firms are invited to submit examples of their courthouse projects undertaken between 2010 and 2020 to be considered for publication. We are seeking design examples of various court jurisdictions including federal courts, state courts, and courts of local municipalities. Special project categories will include facilities for small rural courts, juvenile courts, and family courts. International projects are welcome and will be featured in a special International section of the Retrospective.

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Email Retrospective Inquiries to:  retrospective2020@ncsc.org