U.S. Courts Design Guide
Jury Assembly Area
Furnishings and finishes must reflect the importance of jury service. Prospective
jurors should be provided a comfortable environment in which to carry out their jury
The jury assembly area must be provided male and female restrooms, sized to code for
the intended number of jurors. A drinking fountain or other source of drinking water
must be provided.
A service unit for preparing coffee and refreshments must be provided. The unit must
include a small sink, base cabinets, overcounter cabinets, and accommodation for a
The jury assembly area must contain vending machines, a coat closet, and the
following seating appropriate to the space:
Comfortable armchairs with fold-up tablet arms may be provided for
prospective jurors filling out forms or taking notes during orientation.
Comfortable armchairs generally are provided in lounge areas where long
waits are possible. Modular, sectional sofas may also be desirable in lounge
Worksurfaces, each at least 30 inches (775 mm) deep by 36 inches (925 mm) wide,
must be provided for prospective jurors. Movable chairs must be provided at each
station, as well as a built-in task light and standard power outlet.
In addition, space for movable tables, at least 36 inches (925 mm) by 36 inches (925
mm), must be provided. At least one table must be accessible by a wheelchair.
A wall-mounted magazine and book rack should be provided near lounge areas.
Floor space, vertical clearance, and accessible fixtures/furnishings shall be provided to
allow maneuverability and full use of the facilities by jurors with disabilities. See the
Americans With Disabilities Act Architectural Guidelines (ADAAG) and Uniform
Federal Accessibility Standards (UFAS) for details.