Chapter 6: Ancillary Facilities
Attorney conference/witness waiting rooms are ancillary facilities for USDC and
USBC courtrooms. Attorneys use the room to confer with one another, their clients,
and witnesses. Witnesses requiring separation from the general public while in the
courthouse use the room while waiting to testify.
The number of users varies with the number of attorneys, clients, and witnesses.
Adjacency and Circulation
Attorney conference/witness waiting rooms must be directly accessible from public
circulation. In some instances, access from restricted or secure circulation is also
desirable. Restricted access provides a higher degree of privacy and security,
especially for sensitive witnesses.
See Table 6.1 for the specific size of attorney conference/witness waiting rooms.
The attorney conference/witness waiting room must be acoustically separate from
adjoining spaces. An occupancy indicator must be provided (e.g., a small sign or view
Walls, ceiling, and floors are similar to attorney lounges in the USCA.
The attorney conference/witness waiting room is generally furnished with a small
conference table and four armchairs.