Introduction and Instructions
Specifications for Special Purpose and Support Space Manual, published by the
In addition, the following related guides and manuals published by the AOUSC
should guide architectural and engineering decisions.
Guide to Judiciary Policies and Procedures
Guide Specifications for Modification/Installation of Audio Systems in
United States Courthouses
United States Courts Moving Guide
Electronic Courtroom/Chambers, An Interim Guide to Courtroom
United States Courthouse Design & Construction Process
Judiciary's Human Resources Manual
The Space and Facilities Division of the AOUSC has available upon request post-
occupancy evaluation reports of completed courthouse and courtroom designs,
courthouse videos, and other documentation of the lessons learned from completed
Design professionals who use the Guide are expected to possess knowledge of and
access to literature pertaining to their particular skill area. Such professionals are
also expected to use government, industry, and consensus-based standards in
applying Guide criteria to the design of court projects.
Changes to the U.S. Courts Design Guide
Any suggestions for modifications to the Guide should be forwarded to the Chief
of the AOUSC's Space and Facilities Division.
The Metric Conversion Act of 1975, as amended by the Omnibus Trade Act of
1988, establishes the modern metric system [System International (SI)] as the
preferred system of measurement in the United States. To facilitate the transition
to the metric system, English units in the text are followed by metric equivalents in
parentheses. Metric units have been rounded to simplify their use in design and
construction. The following chart lists the equivalent types of English and metric
units in the Guide.