Chapter 7: Jury Facilities
Jury facilities are generally used
intermittently. Courthouse programs should
consider multi-use opportunities for jury
facilities, including training, conferences,
alternative dispute resolution, etc. Jury
assembly areas may be equipped with
movable walls to facilitate other activities.
Alternate functions should be considered when
determining furnishings and equipment.
Jury Assembly Area
Potential jurors receive orientation in the jury assembly area and wait there to be called
to a courtroom for jury selection. Jurors often spend long periods waiting; therefore,
comfortable and appropriate facilities are needed. Because the jury assembly area
significantly impacts the jurors' perception of the justice system, it must reflect the
importance of jury service to the administration of justice.
Trial Jury Suite
The jury uses the trial jury suite throughout the trial and during deliberations at the
conclusion of the trial. The deliberations of a trial jury must be strictly confidential.
During deliberations, the jury discusses testimony and reviews transcripts, exhibits,
and other materials. If audio-visual or graphical displays were used during the
proceedings, the displays might also be reviewed during deliberations. Trial jury
deliberations can vary in length from less than an hour to several days.
Grand Jury Suite
The U.S. Attorney uses the grand jury suite to present evidence and witnesses before