U. S. Courts Design Guide
Provide residential kitchen-type service unit consisting of AWI custom-grade,
hardwood veneer cabinets with solid hardwood doors, door, and cabinet frames (base
and wall cabinets). The unit should be 72 inches (1825 mm) long, consisting of a
decorative plastic laminate countertop.
Provide 18/8 brushed, stainless steel sink, 22 inches (575 mm) by 25 inches (625 mm)
by 6 inches (150 mm) deep, and single-lever faucet.
Fixed or built-in furniture, such as bookshelves and worksurfaces, within a judge's private
chambers should have similar design quality as courtroom interiors. Furniture and fixtures in
the offices of a judge's support staff, including the secretary and law clerk, should be
coordinated to reflect the color and materials used throughout the judge's chambers suite. The
furniture and fixtures for support staff are not usually designed to the same quality as those in
the judge's private chambers.
Each judge's chambers typically contains the following furniture:
A movable desk at least 36 inches (925 mm) deep by 72 inches (1825 mm) wide
An additional surface at least 20 inches (500 mm) deep and 42 inches (1075 mm)
wide for a typewriter or computer terminal
Space for a surface behind the judge at least 20 inches (500 mm) deep by 72 inches
(1825 mm) long on which to spread out documents and files (built-in or movable)
A conference table accommodating eight to ten persons, separate from the judge's
personal work area to protect confidentiality of cases
For more detailed information about furniture in judges' chambers suites, please refer to Table