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Standing in Judgment: A Modern Judge's Bench

Posted by Ted Prestogeorge on Sep 27, 2018

Topics: Courtroom Design, Standing Desk, Standing Judge's Bench


We’ve all heard it. Sitting all day on the job puts a strain on your back and on your physical well-being. Medical professionals warn that sitting for prolonged periods, and spending too much time overall sitting during the course of your day, can lead to cardiovascular disease with risks similar to those of obesity and smoking. Even exercise may not compensate for sitting too much. In an effort to combat this, office workers today are trying to stand more. As a result, it’s becoming more common to see standing desks and adjustable height desks in the modern office.

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Is Your Courtroom User-Friendly?

Posted by Alan Ruby on Aug 16, 2018

Topics: Courtroom Design, courthouse architect


By Alan S. Ruby

The features of a courtroom help set the tone for the proceedings that take place within its walls. This article examines the design features that can make a courtroom feel user-friendly versus intimidating, and how a user-friendly courtroom might best support justice in a trial.

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Are Your Jurors Comfortable Beyond a Reasonable Doubt?

Posted by Kurt Schlauch on May 17, 2018

Topics: courthouse design, Courtroom Design, courthouse adjacencies

By Kurt Schlauch, Lead Consultant

What are the odds that two court planning consultants, each with over 20 years experience in the same small company, had NEVER been called for jury duty? Further, what are the odds that they both would be called to serve for the first time at the same small county courthouse within several months of each other? AND both be selected to sit on the jury?

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User–Friendliness as an Emerging Courthouse Design Trend

Posted by Keith Fentress on Feb 8, 2018

Topics: courthouse design, Courtroom Design, Courthouse Space Standards and Functionality, Courthouse Aesthetics

By Keith Fentress, Executive Consultant

In 2015, State of the State Courts survey respondents were asked: "How would you rate the job being done by courts in your state?" Surprisingly, the question revealed that only 48% of Americans are happy with their courthouse experience.

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The Courtroom Set: A Vital Part of Courthouse Planning

Posted by Alan Ruby on Jan 18, 2018

Topics: Courtroom Design, courthouse design


By Alan S. Ruby, Senior Architect

The courthouse is both a prominent symbol of the rule of law and a day-to-day workplace for judges, attorneys, and court staff. As a workplace, it is unlike any other public or private sector facility. This article addresses the core of that workplace – the courtroom set – and provides guidance to architects and court managers regarding its functional objectives and design principles.

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The Architect and the Court Planning Consultant: A Match Made in Heaven

Posted by Matt Hemphill on Jan 4, 2018

Topics: Courthouse Processes and Planning, Courthouse Renovation/Construction/Economics, Courtroom Design


By Matt Hemphill, Senior Architect

I was once part of a courthouse planning team for a new courthouse. When we sat down to interview the short list of architecture firms, the first firm brought in a court planning consultant as part of their team. We were all impressed. They walked out the door and the next architecture firm came in. To my surprise, the same court planning consultant that had been on the first team re-entered the room with the second team! This continued throughout the day…the same court planning consultant had teamed with five of the seven or so firms we interviewed! From this experience two things became immediately apparent: 1) There are not many court planning consultants; and 2) The architecture firms recognized how important the role of a court planning consultant is when it comes to designing a courthouse. For architecture firms seeking to add courthouse projects to their portfolio, teaming up with a qualified court planning consultant, one that combines a mix of skill sets that includes both analysis and architecture, can be a perfect fit.

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Courtroom Design for Handicap Access

Posted by Ted Prestogeorge on Nov 2, 2017

Topics: Courthouse Renovation/Construction/Economics, Courtroom Design


By Ted Prestogeorge and Alan Ruby, Senior Architectural Consultants

Reconciling accessibility requirements with objectives for visibility between trial participants in a courtroom can be a challenge for court planners and architects. This blog focuses on courtroom design requirements and possible solutions for accommodating handicap access for trial participants.

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