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Courtroom sharing is a sensitive topic for many courts. Although some courts have implemented courtroom sharing practices, many remain resistant to the concept and are still planning courthouses that include a dedicated courtroom for every judge. I would like to suggest that the COVID pandemic...

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If nothing else, 2020 has been a year that has required great flexibility. We have seen many industries adapt to restrictions brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. From restaurants to doctors’ offices to big business, most have had to change their physical space or their way of delivering...

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As a courthouse planner, one of the most striking aspects of the COVID-19 pandemic for me has been the unfortunate need for courts nationwide to devise ways of keeping people out of the courthouse. The courthouse is one of the most important civic spaces in any community. It is where citizens...

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I was recently working on a space needs assessment for a new courthouse. The team had really gelled and we had made great progress on determining the space requirements and collaborating on the design. Then the COVID-19 pandemic hit. Needless to say, the brakes were quickly put on the project...

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In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, most courthouses have been closed to the public, with only the most urgent proceedings being held in the building and the majority of judges and staff teleworking. But with states around the nation beginning to reopen, courts are developing plans to return...

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