Chapter 7: Jury Facilities
U.S. Attorney Station. U.S. Attorney personnel must be able to see, hear, and be
seen and heard by witnesses, jurors, and the court reporter/recorder. The U.S.
Attorney station is generally provided with movable armchairs and a minimum
worksurface of 30 inches (775 mm) deep by 60 inches (1525 mm) wide. The station
must be as high as or higher than the witness station.
U.S. Attorney personnel should have easy access between the station and a lectern
The U.S. Attorney station must be adaptable for barrier-free accessibility. See
ADAAG and UFAS for detailed accessibility criteria.
Grand Jury Foreperson/Secretary Station. Both the grand jury foreperson and
secretary must be able to see, hear, and be seen by the witness and U.S. Attorney
personnel as close to full face as possible. The station is generally provided with
movable swivel armchairs and a minimum worksurface of 30 inches (775 mm) deep
by 60 inches (1525 mm) wide. The station must be as high as the witness box.
The grand jury foreperson/secretary's station must be accessible to persons with
disabilities. Sufficient floor space and vertical clearance must be provided to
maneuver a wheelchair and allow forepersons with disabilities to assume the same
position as all other forepersons. The access route to the station must be the same for
all persons. A ramp or lift may be used for stations having a one step (6 inch or 150
mm) rise. See ADAAG and UFAS for detailed accessibility criteria.
Security and Alarm Systems
A duress alarm device must be provided at the jury check-in counter, located in the
jury assembly area, and at the grand jury suite security station.
To enhance security and privacy in the trial jury and grand jury suites, a court
security officer, deputy marshal, or sworn-jury custodian is often stationed at the
entrance. A duress alarm device must be provided at each security workstation.