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The following resources provide information on courthouse planning, design, security, and emergency preparedness topics.


CURRENT PLANNING TOPICS

What will shape the future of courthouse design?

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.

 
Courthouse Reopening Considerations

As courthouses across the nation begin to reopen, various building industry organizations have issued guidelines related to COVID-19 preparedness.

 
Coming to Court for Self-Help During COVID-19
Tiny Chat 13: Self-Help Centers

COURTHOUSE PLANNING AND DESIGN GUIDE

The planning and design guide offers information on a range of topics including project funding, project phasing, and detailed descriptions of various aspects of courthouse planning.  Browse the index below to find your courthouse planning and design topic.
Glossary of Planning and Design Terms
Index of Topics

A | B | C | D | E | F | G | H


A

Accessibility

Accessible Courtrooms

Adjacency and Circulation

Advisory Committee

Alarm and Control Systems

Annotation Monitor

Architectural Programming

Jury Assembly Areas

Assessing Needs

Assisted Listening

Attorney-Client Conference Rooms

Attorney Lounge

Attorney Tables

Audio


B

Back-End Infrastructure - wrong link

Bailiff's Central Workroom

Bailiff's Station

Bidding

Building and Exterior Security

Building Security Control Room

Building Support Functions


C

Calculating Gross Square Footage Requirements

Centralized Audio-Video Workroom

Central Prisoner Holding and Transport

Child Care

Clerk's Office

Consolidation or Separation of Court Facilities

Consolidation or Separation of Judicial and Detention Facilities

Construction

Controller

Court Clerk's Station

Court Floor Holding Areas

Court Organization and Administration - check

Court Reporter's Office

Court Reporter's Station

Court Support Spaces

Courthouse Facilities Checklist

Courthouse Functional Spaces

Courtrooms

Courtroom Acoustics

Courtroom Components - check

Courtroom Elements

Courtroom Lighting


D

Deliberation Rooms

Design

Design and Image

Design Team

Designing for Flexibility

Digital Audio

Digital Communications

Digital Video

DVD / Blu-Ray Player


E

Elevators and Escalators

Entrance to Courthouse

Entrance and Lobby Security

Environment

Evidence Display

Evidence Display Camera

Example of a Space Facility Program


F

Fast Track Construction

Financing Court Facility Construction

Financing Long Term Debt

Financing With and Without Debt

Fire and Life Safety

First Aid

Food Service

Frequency Modulation (FM)

Furnishings


G

Grand Jury Operations


H

High Security Courtrooms


BUILDING SECURITY AND EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS

Browse the following topics for relevant resource materials and publications.

Index of Topics